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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Archival as Subject

Paul L. Richards

Photo

Dates

June 4, 1934 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Richards, Paul L. (Paul Linford)

Biography

Abstract

Paul Richards is Professor Emeritus of Physics at University of California, Berkeley (2005-present). Other institutional affiliations include University of Cambridge, École Normale Supérieure and Bell Laboratories. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Important Dates

June 4, 1934Birth, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1956Obtained AB, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1959 – 1960National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow, Royal Society Mond Laboratory, Cambridge University.

1960Obtained PhD in Physics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1960 – 1966Member, Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill (N.J.).

1966 – presentProfessor of Physics (1966-2005); Faculty Fellow, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science (1970-1971; 1987-1988); and Professor Emeritus of Physics (2005-present), University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1973 – 1974Guggenheim Fellow, Cambridge University.

1982Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist, Max Planck Institute, Stuttgart (Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung).

1984Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1984Visiting Professor, École Normale Supérieure.

1985Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1995Visiting Professor, École Normale Supérieure.

2000Awarded Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids, American Physical Society.

Occupation

Astrophysicist.

Places

Birth

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Murray Hill (N.J.)

Berkeley (Calif.)

Subjects

Astrophysics.

Bolometer.

Magnetometers.

Superconductivity.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Lange, Andrew

Advised by Richards at University of California, Berkeley, "An Attempt to Measure the Diffuse Brightness of the Sky at Submillimeter Wavelengths."

Mather, John C.

Advised by Richards at University of California, Berkeley, "Far infrared spectrometry of the cosmic background radiation."

Colleagues

Ahlers, G. (Günter)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Anderson, P. W. (Philip W.), 1923-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Ashkin, Arthur, 1922-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Bialek, William S.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Birge, Raymond T. (Raymond Thayer), 1887-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Birgeneau, Robert J. (Robert Joseph), 1942-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Bode, Hendrik W. (Hendrik Wade), 1905-1982

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Boyle, Willard S., 1924-2011

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Bradbury, Norris, 1909-1997

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Brattain, Walter H. (Walter Houser), 1902-1987

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Brode, Robert B. (Robert Bigham), 1900-1986

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Buchsbaum, Solomon J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Chamberlain, O. (Owen)

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Chemla, D. S.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Chew, Geoffrey F.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Chynoweth, A. G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Clarke, John, 1942-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Clauser, John F. (John Francis), 1942-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Clogston, Albert McCavour

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Cohen, Marvin L.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Commins, Eugene D.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Cutler, Cassius Chapin

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Darlington, Sidney, 1906-1997

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

David, Edward E.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Davidson, Ronald C.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Davis, J. C. Séamus

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Dynes, Robert C.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Falcone, Roger W.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Falicov, L. M. (Leopoldo Maximo), 1933-1995

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Feher, George, 1924-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Freedman, Stuart J.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Gaillard, Mary K.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Galt, John Kirtland, 1920-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Geballe, Theodore H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Glaser, D. A.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Glashow, Sheldon L.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Goldhaber, Gerson

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Gossard, A. C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hagstrum, Homer D.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

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

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Halperin, Bertrand I.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hamann, Donald, 1939-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Haxton, Wick C.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Hellman, Frances

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Helmholz, August Carl, 1915-2003

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Herring, William Conyers, 1914-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Holdren, John P.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Jacak, Barbara

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Jackson, John David, 1925-2016

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Javan, Ali, 1926-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Jeffries, C. D., 1922-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Kahn, Steven Michael

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Kittel, Charles

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley and Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kompfner, Rudolf, 1909-1977

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lander, James J., 1914-1996

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lax, Melvin J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Loeb, Leonard B. (Leonard Benedict), 1891-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Louie, Steven G., 1949-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Mandelstam, Stanley

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Matthias, Bernd T., 1918-1980

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

McKee, Christopher, 1942-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

McMillan, Edwin M. (Edwin Mattison), 1907-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Moyer, Burton J., 1912-1973

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Murnane, Margaret

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pfann, William G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Price, Paul Buford

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Randall, Lisa

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Raney, William P.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Reynolds, John Hamilton, 1923-2000

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Riess, Adam, 1969-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Rowell, John Martin, 1935-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Sarachik, Myriam P.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Segrè, Emilio

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Shank, C. V. (Charles V.)

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Shapiro, Marjorie

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Shen, Y. R.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Smith, George E., 1930-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Smoot, George

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Steiner, Herbert M.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Stillinger, F. H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Stubbs, Christopher

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Suhl, Harry

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Thomas, D. G. (David Gilbert), 1928-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Thomas, Gareth, 1932-2014

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Tinkham, Michael

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Trilling, George H.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Van Harlingen, Dale J.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Watson, Kenneth M.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Weinberg, Steven, 1933-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Yariv, Amnon

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Zumino, B. (Bruno), 1923-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Additional

Werner, Michael W.

Institutions

Major Positions

Visiting Professor.

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Member, Technical Staff.

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD in 1960. Professor of Physics and Professor Emeritus of Physics.

University of California, Berkeley. Miller Institute for Basic Research

Faculty Fellow.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Member.

American Physical Society

Received 2000 Frank Isakson Prize for Optical Effects in Solids.

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Obtained AB in 1956.

Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung

Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

University of Cambridge

Guggenheim Fellow and National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow, Royal Society Mond Laboratory.

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

Oral history interview with Michael Werner, 2008 July 25.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA