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Biography

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PeopleInstitutions

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Archival as SubjectPublished as Subject

Herman Z. Cummins

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Dates

April 23, 1933 – April 21, 2010

Authorized Form of Name

Cummins, Herman Z., 1933-

Additional Forms of Names

Cummins, Herman Z. (Herman Zachary), 1933-

Cummins, Herman Zachary, 1933-

Biography

Abstract

Herman Cummins was an experimental physicist and member of the National Academy of Sciences. His institutional affiliations included Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and City University of New York.

Important Dates

April 23, 1933Birth, Rochester (N.Y.).

1956Obtained BS and MS, Ohio State University, Columbus (Ohio).

1957Obtained DES (Diplome d'Etudes Superieures), University of Paris, Paris (France).

1958 – 1964Research Assistant to Research Physicist, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1963Obtained PhD in Physics, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1964 – 1971Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Md.).

1971 – 1974Professor of Physics, New York University, New York (N.Y.).

1974 – 2010Distinguished Professor of Physics, City College (1974-2004) and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Emeritus, City College (2004-2010), City University of New York, New York (N.Y.).

1984 – 1985Visiting Professor, University of Paris.

1991 – 1992Visiting Professor, University of Paris.

1996Member, National Academy of Sciences.

April 21, 2010Death, New York (N.Y.).

Occupation

Experimental physicist.

Places

Birth

Rochester (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

Columbus (Ohio)

Graduate Education

Columbus (Ohio)

Paris (France)

New York (N.Y.)

Employment

New York (N.Y.)

Baltimore (Md.)

Death

New York (N.Y.)

Subjects

Ferroelectric crystals.

Lasers.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Abella, Isaac D., 1934-

Worked together on laser research.

Colleagues

Aizenman, Michael

Both employed at New York University.

Bederson, Benjamin

Both employed at New York University.

Booth, Eugene

Both employed at Columbia University.

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Both employed at Columbia University.

Commins, Eugene D.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Davis, Bergen, 1869-1958

Both employed at Columbia University.

Devons, Samuel

Both employed at Columbia University.

Dunning, John R. (John Ray), 1907-1975

Both employed at Columbia University.

Feinberg, Gerald, 1933-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Foley, Henry Michael, 1917-1982

Both employed at Columbia University.

Frosch, Robert A. (Robert Alan), 1928-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Happer, William, 1939-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Hershkowitz, N. (Noah), 1941-

Both employed at Johns Hopkins University.

Javan, Ali, 1926-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kroll, Norman Myles, 1922-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lax, Melvin J.

Both employed at City University of New York.

Lederman, Leon M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lee, T. D., 1926-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Luttinger, Joaquin M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Mandelstam, Stanley

Both employed at Columbia University.

Marshak, Robert E. (Robert Eugene), 1916-1992

Both employed at City University of New York.

Novick, Robert

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Rainwater, L. James (Leo James), 1917-1986

Both employed at Columbia University.

Sachs, Allan M. (Allan Maxwell), 1921-1989

Both employed at Columbia University.

Samios, Nicholas P.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Sarachik, Myriam P.

Both employed at City University of New York.

Schwartz, Melvin, 1932-2006

Both employed at Columbia University.

Serber, R. (Robert)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Spruch, Larry

Both employed at New York University.

Steinberger, J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Swinney, H. L., 1939-

Both employed at Johns Hopkins University and City University of New York.

Thomas, Llewellyn Hilleth, 1903-1992

Both employed at Columbia University.

Ting, S. C. C. (Samuel Chao-chung), 1936-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Weinberg, Steven, 1933-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Wu, C. S. (Chien-shiung), 1912-1997

Both employed at Columbia University.

Institutions

Major Positions

City University of New York. City College. Physics Department

Distinguished Professor of Physics and Distinguished Professor of Physics, Emeritus.

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Received PhD in 1963. Research Assistant to Research Physicist.

Johns Hopkins University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics.

New York University. Department of Physics

Professor of Physics.

Université de Paris

Obtained DES in 1957. Visiting Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Ohio State University. Department of Physics

Obtained BS (Engineering Physics) and MS (Physics) in 1956.

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

Oral history interview with Isaac D. Abella, 1985 October 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

Herman Cummins Physics Today obituary.