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Sheldon Datz



July 21, 1927 – August 15, 2001

Authorized Form of Name

Datz, Sheldon

Additional Forms of Names

Datz, S.

Datz, Sheldon, 1927-2001



Dr. Datz was a Distinguished Research Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (1951-2001). He was an expert in molecular chemistry. His work led to Nobel Prize work by others.

Important Dates

July 21, 1927Birth, New York (N.Y.).

1943 – 1944Technician, Substitute Alloy Material Laboratories, Division of War Research, Columbia University.

1950Obtained BS, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1951Obtained MA, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1951 – 2001Chemist, Chemistry Division (1951-1960); Leader, Molecular Beam Group (1960-1967); Associate Director (1967-1974); Leader, Atomic and Molecular Collisions Group (1974-1981); Distinguished Research Scientist (1979-2001); and Chief, Atomic Physics Section, Physics Division (1981-2001), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge (Tenn.).

1960Obtained PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Tenn.).

1960 – 1962Consultant, General Atomics.

1961 – 1962Consultant, Republic Aviation Corporation.

1962 – 1963Guest Scientist, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Netherlands (Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie AMOLF).

1970 – 1971Guest Professor, Institute of Physics, University of Aarhus.

1972Visiting Professor, University of Chicago.

1972 – 1975Member, Committee on Atomic and Molecular Physics, National Research Council.

1974Guest Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics.

1981Distinguished Visiting Professor, Texas A & M University.

1985Guest Professor, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris.

1998Awarded Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics, American Physical Society.

2000 Awarded Enrico Fermi Award, United States Department of Energy.

August 15, 2001Death, Oak Ridge (Tenn.).


Physical chemist.



New York (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

New York (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

New York (N.Y.)

Knoxville (Tenn.)


Oak Ridge (Tenn.)


Oak Ridge (Tenn.)


Molecular chemistry.

Physical chemistry.



Major Positions

Aarhus universitet

Guest Professor, Institute of Physics.

Columbia University. Department of Chemistry

Obtained BS and MA.

Columbia University. Division of War Research

Technician, Substitute Alloy Material Laboratories.

GA (Series) (San Diego, Calif.)


Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik.

Guest Scientist.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Chemist, Chemistry Division; Leader, Molecular Beam Group; Associate Director; Leader, Atomic and Molecular Collisions Group; Distinguished Research Scientist; and Chief, Atomic Physics Section, Physics Division.

Republic Aviation Corporation


Stichting voor Fundamenteel Onderzoek der Materie AMOLF

Guest Scientist.

Texas A & M University. Department of Chemistry

Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Guest Professor.

University of Chicago. Department of Chemistry

Visiting Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1998 Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics.

National Research Council (U.S.)

Member, Committee on Atomic and Molecular Physics.

United States. Department of Energy

Received 2000 Enrico Fermi Award.

University of Tennessee (Knoxville campus). Department of Chemistry

Obtained Ph.D. (Physical Chemistry).


Published Resources


Condensed Matter : Applied Atomic Collision Physics, Vol. 4.


Sheldon Datz Physics Today obituary.