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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Archival as AuthorArchival as SubjectPublished as Author

Marvin Chodorow

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Dates

July 16, 1913 – October 17, 2005

Authorized Form of Name

Chodorow, Marvin

Additional Forms of Names

Chodorow, Marvin, 1913-2005

Biography

Abstract

Marvin Chodorow was an Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University (1978-2005). His other institutional affiliations included Massachusetts Institute of Technology, City College of New York, and Sperry Gyroscope Company. His research specialty was microwave tube research.

Important Dates

July 16, 1913Birth, Buffalo (N.Y.).

1934Obtained BS in Physics, University at Buffalo, Buffalo (N.Y.).

1939Obtained PhD in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1939 – 1940Assistant in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1940 – 1941Research Associate in Physics, Pennsylvania State College (now Pennsylvania State University).

1941 – 1943Instructor, City College of New York.

1943 – 1947Senior Project Engineer, Sperry Gyroscope Company (Sperry Rand Corporation).

1947 – 2005Assistant Professor of Physics (1947-1950); Associate Professor of Physics (1950-1954); Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering (1954-1975); Barbara Kimball Browning Professor of Applied Physics (1975-1978); and Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering (1978-2005), Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

1955 – 1956Visiting Lecturer, École Normale Supérieure.

1959 – 1978Director, Microwave Laboratory, Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

1962 – 1963Fulbright Fellow, University of Cambridge.

1962 – 1968Executive Head, Division of Applied Physics, Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

1969 – 1973Member and Chair, Advisory Committee on the USSR and Eastern Europe, National Academy of Sciences.

1971Member, National Academy of Sciences.

October 17, 2005Death, Stanford (Calif.).

Occupation

Applied physicist.

Places

Birth

Buffalo (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

Buffalo (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Stanford (Calif.)

Death

Stanford (Calif.)

Subjects

Applied physics and engineering.

Klystrons.

Linear accelerators.

Microwave tubes.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

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

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

Colleagues

Adelberger, Eric G.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bardeen, William A.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Beasley, Malcolm

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bienenstock, Arthur

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bjorken, James D.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bloch, Felix, 1905-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Byer, R. L. (Robert L.), 1942-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Cabrera, Blas

Both employed at Stanford University.

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

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Dorfan, Jonathan

Both employed at Stanford University.

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

Both employed at Stanford University.

Fairbank, William Martin, 1917-1989

Both employed at Stanford University.

Falcone, Roger W.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Fetter, Alexander L., 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Freedman, Stuart J.

Both employed at Stanford University.

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

Both employed at Stanford University.

Geballe, Theodore H.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Ginzton, Edward L. (Edward Leonard), 1915-1998

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.

Hänsch, T. W. (Theo W.), 1941-

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.

Herring, William Conyers, 1914-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Hofstadter, Robert, 1915-1990

Both employed at City College of New York.

Holstein, Theodore David, 1915-1985

Both employed at City College of New York.

Jaffe, Arthur, 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Kahn, Steven Michael

Both employed at Stanford University.

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

Both employed at Stanford University.

Kirkpatrick, Paul

Both employed at Stanford University.

Kivelson, Steven

Both employed at Stanford University.

Kompfner, Rudolf, 1909-1977

Both employed at Stanford University.

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

Both employed at Stanford University.

Linde, A. D.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Livingston, M. Stanley (Milton Stanley)

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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

Both employed at Stanford University.

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

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Pake, G. E. (George Edward)

Both employed at Stanford University.

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

Both employed at Stanford University.

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

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.

Shockley, William, 1910-1989

Both employed at Stanford University.

Smith, Neville, 1942-2006

Both employed at Stanford University.

Spicer, W. E. (William E.)

Both employed at Stanford University.

Sprouse, Gene D.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Stratton, Julius Adams, 1901-1994

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Terman, Frederick Emmons, 1900-1982

Both employed at Stanford University.

Turner, Michael Stanley

Both employed at Stanford University.

Van de Graaf, Robert Jemison, 1901-1967

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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.

Will, Clifford M., 1946-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Zinn, Walter H. (Walter Henry), 1906-2000

Both employed at City College of New York.

Additional

Leslie, Stuart W.

Nalos, Ervin Joseph, 1924-

Otting, William Joseph, 1919-

Institutions

Major Positions

College of the City of New York (1926-1961). City College. Physics Department

Instructor.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in 1939. Assistant in Physics.

Pennsylvania State University. Department of Physics

Research Associate in Physics.

Sperry Rand Corporation. Sperry Gyroscope Division

Senior Project Engineer.

Stanford University. Department of Applied Physics

Barbara Kimball Browning Professor of Applied Physics; Executive Head, Division of Applied Physics; and Emeritus Professor of Applied Physics.

Stanford University. Department of Electrical Engineering

Professor of Electrical Engineering and Emeritus Professor of Electrical Engineering.

Stanford University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor of Physics; Associate Professor of Physics; and Professor of Physics.

Stanford University. Microwave Laboratory

Director.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

École normale supérieure (France)

Visiting Lecturer.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member and Chair, Advisory Committee on the USSR and Eastern Europe.

University of Buffalo. Department of Physics

Obtained BS in 1934.

University of Cambridge

Fulbright Fellow.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Marvin Chodorow papers, 1929-1993 (bulk 1943-1974).

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Subject

Ervin J. Nalos papers, 1939-1993.

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Oral History: Marvin Chodorow, The Engineering and Technology History Wiki.

The Engineering and Technology History Wiki

United Engineering Foundation

Stuart W. Leslie oral histories on the cold war and American science, 1982-1991.

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Success Story: Stanford University electronics and research lab: videorecording, 1990.

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305, USA

William Joseph Otting response to Laser History Project Survey, 1983.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

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