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Felix Bloch

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Dates

October 23, 1905 – September 10, 1983

Authorized Form of Name

Bloch, Felix, 1905-

Additional Forms of Names

Bloch, Felix

Bloch, Felix, 1905-1983

Biography

Abstract

Felix Bloch made numerous scientific contributions to twentieth-century physics including Bloch wave functions, Bloch spin waves, Bloch walls, the Bethe-Bloch formula, and the Bloch-Nordsieck theory. His institutional affiliations include University of Leipzig, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), and Stanford University.

Important Dates

October 23, 1905Birth, Zurich (Switzerland).

1928Obtained PhD in physics, University of Leipzig (Universität Leipzig), Leipzig (Germany).

1928 – 1929Assistant in Theoretical Physics to Wolfgang Pauli, ETH Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule), Zurich (Switzerland).

1929 – 1930Lorentz Foundation Fellow, University of Utrecht (Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht).

1930 – 1931Assistant in Theoretical Physics, University of Leipzig (Universität Leipzig), Leipzig (Germany).

1931 – 1932Oersted Foundation Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen (now Niels Bohr institutet).

1932 – 1933Privatdozent, University of Leipzig (Universität Leipzig).

1933 – 1934Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, University of Rome (Università di Roma).

1934 – 1983Acting Associate Professor of Physics (1934-1936); Professor of Physics (1936-1962); Max H. Stein Professor of Physics (1962-1971); and Emeritus Professor of Physics (1971-1983), Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

1939Naturalized as American citizen.

1943Physicist, Manhattan Project, Los Alamos Laboratory, Los Alamos (N.M.).

1943 – 1945Associate Group Leader, Theoretical Division, Harvard Radio Research Laboratory.

1948Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1952Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics with Edward Mills Purcell "for their development of new methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements and discoveries in connection therewith".

1954 – 1955Director General, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

1965President, American Physical Society.

1970Elected honorary member, Societe Francaise de Physique.

September 10, 1983Death, Zurich (Switzerland).

Occupation

Theoretical physicist.

Places

Birth

Zurich (Switzerland)

Graduate Education

Leipzig (Germany)

Employment

Stanford (Calif.)

Los Alamos (N.M.)

Death

Zurich (Switzerland)

Subjects

Causality (Physics).

Cyclotrons.

Dipole moments.

Klystrons.

Neutrinos.

Nuclear magnetic resonance.

Nuclear magnetism.

Quantum theory.

Radar.

Statistical mechanics.

Theoretical physics.

Relationships

People

Family

Bloch, Lore Misch

Wife.

Advisors & Collaborators

Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988

Collaborated on an experiment which led to the first measurement of the magnetic moment of the neutron.

Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976

PhD advisor at University of Leipzig (Universität Leipzig), Uber die Quantenmechanik der Elektronen in Kristallgittern (on the quantum mechanics of electrons in crystal lattices).

Jeffries, C. D., 1922-

Advised by Bloch at Stanford University, Direct Determination of the Magnetic Moment of the Proton in Units of the Nuclear Magneton.

Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958

Advisor at Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.

Purcell, Edward M.

Shared the 1952 Nobel Prize "for their development of new methods for nuclear magnetic precision measurements and discoveries in connection therewith."

Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980

Co-wrote an article.

Colleagues

Adelberger, Eric G.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Allison, Samuel King, 1900-1965

Both employed at the Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project.

Bardeen, William A.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Barschall, H. H. (Henry Herman), 1915-1997

Both employed at Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project.

Beasley, Malcolm

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bederson, Benjamin

Both employed at Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project.

Bjorken, James D.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bradbury, Norris, 1909-1997

Both employed at Stanford University.

Chodorow, Marvin

Both employed at Stanford University.

Christy, Robert F.

Both employed at the Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project.

Dorfan, Jonathan

Both employed at Stanford University.

Drell, Sidney D. (Sidney David), 1926-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Duffield, Robert B.

Both employed at Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project.

Fairbank, William Martin, 1917-1989

Both employed at Stanford University.

Fetter, Alexander L., 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Fitch, Val L., 1923-2015

Both employed at Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project.

Freedman, Stuart J.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Friedman, Jerome I. (Jerome Isaac), 1930-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Glashow, Sheldon L.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Greene, Christopher Henry

Both employed at Stanford University.

Hahn, E. L. (Erwin Louis), 1921-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Hansen, W. W. (William Webster), 1909-1949

Both employed at Stanford University.

Henley, Ernest M.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Hofstadter, Robert, 1915-1990

Both employed at Stanford University.

Jaffe, Arthur, 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Kendall, Henry W. (Henry Way), 1926-1999

Both employed at Stanford University.

Kirkpatrick, Paul

Both employed at Stanford University.

Lamb, Willis E. (Willis Eugene), 1913-2008

Both employed at Stanford University.

McDaniel, Boyce D. (Boyce Dawkins), 1917-

Both employed at Los Alamos Laboratory, Manhattan Project.

Meyerhof, Walter E. (Walter Ernst), 1922-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Pake, G. E. (George Edward)

Both employed at Stanford University.

Panofsky, Wolfgang K. H. (Wolfgang Kurt Hermann), 1919-2007

Both employed at Stanford University.

Richter, Burton, 1931-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Rosenbluth, M. N.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Stanford University.

Schiff, Leonard I. (Leonard Isaac), 1915-1971

Both employed at Stanford University.

Schwartz, Melvin, 1932-2006

Both employed at Stanford University.

Smith, Neville, 1942-2006

Both employed at Stanford University.

Sprouse, Gene D.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

Both employed at Stanford University.

Terman, Frederick Emmons, 1900-1982

Both employed at Stanford University.

Walecka, John Dirk, 1932-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976

Both employed at Stanford University.

White, Robert M., 1938-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Wojcicki, Stanley G., 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Additional

Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005

Bitter, Francis, 1902-1967

Bloembergen, N.

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Born, Max, 1882-1970

Breit, Gregory, 1899-1981

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Casimir, H. B. G. (Hendrik Brugt Gerhard), 1909-2000

Cranberg, Lawrence, 1917-

Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966

Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954

Gamow, George, 1904-1968

Gentner, Wolfgang, 1906-1980

Giulotto, Luigi, 1911-1986

Gorter, C. J. (Cornelis Jacobus), 1907-

Herring, William Conyers, 1914-

Hobbs, Marcus Edwin

Hoddeson, Lillian

Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993

Mattson, James

Moller, C. (Christian), 1904-1980

Nicodemus, David Bowman

Nordheim, Lothar, 1899-

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Peierls, Rudolf E. (Rudolf Ernst), 1907-1995

Phillips, Melba, 1907-2004

Planck, Max, 1858-1947

Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988

Ramsey, Norman, 1915-2011

Roberts, John D., 1918-

Rossi, Bruno, 1905-1993

Rozental, S. (Stefan)

Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961

Segrè, Emilio

Serber, R. (Robert)

Tamm, I. E. (Igor' Evgen'evich), 1895-1971

Torrey, Henry Cutler, 1911-

Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957

Waller, Ivar, 1898-1991

Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002

Weizsacker, Carl Friedrich, Freiherr von, 1912-2007

Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955

Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995

Wilson, Alan Herries

Woodyard, John R., 1904-1981

Institutions

Major Positions

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Departement Physik

Assistant in Theoretical Physics.

European Organization for Nuclear Research

Director General.

Harvard University. Radio Research Laboratory

Associate Group Leader, Theoretical Division.

Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory

Physicist, Manhattan Project.

Manhattan Project (U.S.)

Physicist, Los Alamos Laboratory.

Stanford University. Department of Physics

Acting Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; Max H. Stein Professor of Physics; and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Universität Leipzig. Institut für Theoretische Physik

Obtained PhD in 1928; Assistant in Theoretical Physics; and Privatdozent.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

President.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Niels Bohr institutet

Oersted Foundation Fellow.

Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht

Lorentz Foundation Fellow.

Société française de physique

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Università di Roma

Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.

University of Michigan. Department of Physics

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Felix Bloch lecture on the Josephson Effect in a superconducting ring [videorecording], 1971.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Felix Bloch letters, 1954.

Archives

Duke University

Duke University, Durham, NC 27706, USA

Felix Bloch papers, 1931-1987.

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Felix Bloch scientific correspondence with Niels Bohr, 1931-1955.

Archive

Niels Bohr Institute

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Los Alamos report 24: lecture series on nuclear physics, 1943-1944.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Niels Bohr Memorial Session [sound recording] / 1963 April 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Nobel laureates on scientific research project : oral history, 1964.

Oral History Research Office

Columbia University

Box 20, Room 801 Butler Library, New York, NY 10027, USA

Notes on physics courses given at Los Alamos, 1943-1946.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Felix Bloch, 1964 May 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Felix Bloch, 1968 August 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Felix Bloch, 1981 December 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Reminiscences of Felix Bloch : oral history, 1964.

Oral History Research Office

Columbia University

Box 20, Room 801 Butler Library, New York, NY 10027, USA

Symposium at the 50th anniversary of quantum mechanics [sound recording] / 1976 April 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission lecture series on nuclear physics, 1943.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

AIP Physics Today Division unpublished letters to the editors, 1972-1983.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Albert Kempton papers and correspondence, circa 1930-2000.

Library. Department of Manuscripts and University Archives

Cambridge University

West Road, Cambridge, CH3 9DR

Bloch symposium: a Stanford centennial symposium celebrating the work of Felix Bloch [video recording], 1989.

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Bruno Rossi papers, 1927-1985.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Christian Møller papers, 1928-1980.

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Conversation with Alan Herries Wilson [sound recording], 1974 November 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

David B. Nicodemus papers, 1945-1989 (1945-1960 bulk).

Libraries

Oregon State University

University Archives Corvallis, OR 97331, USA

Excerpts from a Georgetown University Summer School course on the science and technology of superconductivity [videorecording] / recorded by Georgetown University ; 1971.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Faust, eine Historie, 1932.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Francis Bitter papers, 1925-1967.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

H. B. G. Casimir papers, 1929-2000.

Rijksarchief in Noord-Holland

Kleine Houtweg 18, Haarlem, Netherlands

Henry Cutler Torrey papers, 1935-1976.

Libraries. Special Collections and Archives

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA

I. I. Rabi papers, 1899-1989 (bulk 1945-1968).

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

Igor E. Tamm papers, 1921-1971.

In private hands. Contact Tamm family.

Moscow

Ivar Waller papers, circa 1912-1989.

Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademien

Centrum för Vetenskapshistoria

Stockholm, Sweden

J. Robert Oppenheimer papers, 1921-1980 (bulk 1947-1967).

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

Lawrence Cranberg papers, 1962-2000.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Leon Brillouin papers, 1877-1972.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Lillian Hoddeson papers, 1904-2001.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Melba Phillips response to early 1930s Ph.D.s Survey, 1978.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Niels Bohr collection of manuscripts by other authors, 1910-1961.

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Oral history interview with Carl Friedrich Weizsacker, 1978 April 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Cornelis Jacobus Gorter, 1962 November 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Locke Webster, 1964 May 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edward Mills Purcell, 1977 June 8 and 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Emilio Gino Segrè, 1967 February 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Erwin Louis Hahn, 1986 August 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Eugene Paul Wigner, 1981 January 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Hans Bethe, 1981 April 29.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John R. Woodyard, 1974 October 18 and 1975 December 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John R. Woodyard: Cyclotron and Klystron development: oral history transcript, 1974 October 18 and 1975 December 17.

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, 94720-6000, USA

Oral history interview with Lothar Wolfgang Nordheim, 1977 July 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Luigi Giulotto, 1982 December 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Luis Alvarez, 1967 February 14 and 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Nicolaas Bloembergen, 1983 June 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Norman Ramsey, 1960 July 19 to August 4.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Norris Edwin Bradbury, 1976 February 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Rudolf Ernst Peierls, 1977 May 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Rudolf Ernst Peierls, 1981 May 13 and July.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Stefan Rozental, 1971 August 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with William Conyers Herring, 1974 July 23, 29, and 31 October.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Wolfgang Gentner, 1971 November 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Wolfgang Kurt Hermann Panofsky, 1973 May 15 and 1974 March 6 and June 3.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Some personal actions and reactions, 1971.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Stanford University Department of Physics records, 1966-1985 (bulk 1971-1985).

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305, USA

William W. Hansen papers, 1925-1974.

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Published Resources

Author

Fundamentals of statistical mechanics : manuscript and notes of Felix Bloch / prepared by John Dirk Walecka.

Molekulartheorie des mangetismus / von Felix Bloch.

Theorien des Aufbaues der Materie / von H. A. Kramers.

Subject

Felix Bloch - Biographical, Nobel Prize

Felix Bloch and twentieth-century physics : dedicated to Felix Bloch on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday / M. Chodorow ... [et al.], editors.

Felix Bloch Physics Today obituary.

Felix Bloch: 1905-1983, Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Oral history interview with John D. Roberts, 2007 July 27.

The pioneers of NMR and magnetic resonance in medicine : the story of MRI / James Mattson and Merrill Simon.