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Biography

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PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Archival as SubjectPublished as AuthorPublished as Subject

Herbert B. Callen

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Dates

July 1, 1919 – March 22, 1993

Authorized Form of Name

Callen, Herbert B.

Additional Forms of Names

Callen, Herbert

Biography

Abstract

Herbert Callen was a theoretical physicist who contributed to the field of statistical mechanics. He also wrote a textbook on thermodynamics and taught at University of Pennsylvania. Other institutional affiliations include Temple University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Important Dates

July 1, 1919Birth, Philadelphia (Pa.).

1941Obtained BS, Temple University, Philadelphia (Pa.).

1942Obtained AM, Temple University, Philadelphia (Pa.).

1944 – 1945Physicist, Kellex Corporation.

1945Researcher in Electronics, Princeton University.

1945 – 1948Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1947Obtained PhD in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1948 – 1993Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics (1948-1985); Chair, Faculty Senate (1970-1971); and Emeritus Professor of Physics (1985-1993), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (Pa.).

1951 – 1984Consultant, Sperry Rand Corporation.

1966 – 1969Member (1966-1969) and Chair (1969), Advisory Panel on Physics, National Science Foundation.

1972 – 1978Member (1972-1978) and Chair (1975-1978), Commission for Statistical Mechanics, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

1990Member, National Academy of Sciences.

March 22, 1993Death, Merion (Pa.).

Occupation

Theoretical physicist.

Places

Birth

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Undergraduate Education

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Graduate Education

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Death

Merion (Pa.)

Subjects

Fluctuations (Physics).

Statistical mechanics.

Theoretical physics.

Thermodynamics.

Relationships

People

Family

Bressler, Jill Callen

Daughter.

Callen, Jed

Son.

Callen, Sara

Wife.

Colleagues

Bitter, Francis, 1902-1967

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Brueckner, Keith A.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Burstein, Elias, 1917-2017

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Chaikin, Paul M.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Compton, K. T. (Karl Taylor), 1887-1954

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Davidson, Ronald C.

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Davis, Raymond, 1914-2006

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Deutsch, Martin, 1917-2002

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Eisenhart, Luther Pfahler, 1876-1965

Both employed at Princeton University.

Elsasser, Walter M., 1904-

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Feshbach, Herman

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Fletcher, James Chipman, 1919-1991

Both employed at Princeton University.

Heeger, Alan J.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Hughes, Vernon W.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Keyes, Frederick G. (Frederick George), 1885-1976

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Kirtley, John R.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Kivelson, Steven

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Klein, Martin J.

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Langenberg, D. N., 1932-

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Livingston, M. Stanley (Milton Stanley)

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Louie, Steven G., 1949-

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Low, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1921-2007

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Lubensky, T. C.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Luttinger, Joaquin M.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Middleton, Roy, 1927-2004

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Morse, Philip M. (Philip McCord), 1903-1985

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Pinczuk, Aron

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Pines, David, 1924-2018

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Plummer, E. Ward

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Porkolab, Miklos

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Primakoff, H. (Henry), 1914-1983

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Rossi, Bruno, 1905-1993

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Scalapino, Douglas J.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Schrieffer, J. R. (John Robert), 1931-

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Sciulli, Frank J.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976

Both employed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Spruch, Larry

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Steinhardt, Paul J.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Stiles, Phillip J.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Stratton, Julius Adams, 1901-1994

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Van de Graaf, Robert Jemison, 1901-1967

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Weiss, Rainer

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Wiesner, Jerome B. (Jerome Bert), 1915-1994

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Zacharias, Jerrold Reinach, 1905-1986

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Institutions

Major Positions

Kellex Corporation

Physicist.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in 1947. Research Associate.

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Researcher in Electronics.

University of Pennsylvania. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

Member and Chair, Commission for Statistical Mechanics.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Member and Chair, Advisory Panel on Physics.

Sperry Rand Corporation

Consultant.

Temple University. Department of Physics

Obtained BS in 1941 and AM in 1942.

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

Oral history interview with David BenDaniel, 2008 October 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Thermodynamics ; an introduction to the physical theories of equilibrium thermostatics and irreversible thermodynamics / Herbert B. Callen.

Thermodynamics and an introduction to thermostatistics / Herbert B. Callen.

Subject

Herbert B. Callen Physics Today obituary.