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Manuel Cardona



July 9, 1934 – September 7, 2014

Authorized Form of Name

Cardona, Manuel, 1934-

Additional Forms of Names

Cardona, M. (Manuel), 1934-

Cardona, Manuel, 1934-2014



Manuel Cardona was a Spanish physicist and his research interests included high temperature superconductors. In 1971, Cardona became director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart, Germany. His other institutional affiliations included Harvard University, RCA Laboratories, and Brown University.

Important Dates

July 9, 1934Birth, Barcelona (Spain).

1955Obtained Licenciado en Ciencias Físicas, University of Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain).

1958Obtained DSc, University of Madrid, Madrid (Spain).

1959Obtained PhD in Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1959 – 1961Member, Technical Staff, RCA Laboratories, Ltd., Zurich.

1961 – 1964Member, Technical Staff, RCA Research Laboratories, Radio Corporation of America.

1963Visiting Professor, University of Pennsylvania.

1964Fellow, American Physical Society.

1964 – 1971Associate Professor of Physics (1964-1966) and Professor of Physics (1966-1971), Brown University, Providence (R.I.).

1965Obtained MA, Brown University, Providence (R.I.).

1971 – 2014Scientific Member and Director (1971-1999) and Scientific Member and Director Emeritus (2000-2014), Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart (Germany).

1984Awarded Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, American Physical Society.

1987Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1988Miller Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley.

1992 – 2005Editor-in-Chief, Solid State Communications, Elsevier.

2000Miller Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley.

2001Fellow, Institute of Physics, London.

2009Fellow, Royal Society of Canada.

September 7, 2014Death, Stuttgart (Germany).


Solid state physicist.



Barcelona (Spain)

Undergraduate Education

Barcelona (Spain)

Graduate Education

Madrid (Spain)

Cambridge (Mass.)

Providence (R.I.)


Providence (R.I.)

Stuttgart (Germany)


Stuttgart (Germany)


Condensed matter.

Raman effect.

Solid state physics.





Cardona, Inge Hecht



Cooper, Leon N. (Leon Neil), 1930-

Both employed at Brown University.

Kadanoff, Leo P.

Both employed at Brown University.

Lubensky, T. C.

Both employed at Brown University.

Massey, Walter E.

Both employed at Brown University.

Stiles, Phillip J.

Both employed at Brown University.

Tauc, J. (Jan)

Both employed at Brown University.


Major Positions

Brown University. Department of Physics

Obtained MA in 1965. Associate Professor of Physics and Professor of Physics.

Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung

Scientific Member; Director; and Director Emeritus.

Radio Corporation of America. Laboratories Division

Technical Staff.

RCA Laboratories

Member, Technical Staff (Zurich).

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Physics

Miller Visiting Professor.

University of Pennsylvania. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Visiting Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Fellow and received 1984 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

Elsevier Science Publishers

Editor-in-Chief, Solid State Communications.

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in Applied Physics.

Institute of Physics (Great Britain)


National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)


Royal Society of Canada


Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Obtained DSc.

Universidad de Barcelona. Departament de Física Teòrica

Obtained Licenciado en Ciencias Físicas in 1955.


Published Resources


Manuel Cardona Castro Physics Today obituary.

The history of physics in Cuba / Angelo Baracca, Jürgen Renn, Helge Wendt, editors.