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Bergen Davis

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Dates

March 31, 1869 – June 30, 1958

Authorized Form of Name

Davis, Bergen, 1869-1958

Biography

Abstract

Bergen Davis was a Professor of Physics at Columbia University (1903-1958). His work in the early 20th century overlapped the time when physics transitioned from classical to modern. Davis was particularly interested in X-ray studies during his career.

Important Dates

March 31, 1869Birth, Whitehouse (N.J.).

1896Obtained B.S., Rutgers University, Newark (N.J.).

1896 – 1899Teacher, Whitehouse (N.J.).

1900Obtained A.M., Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1901Obtained Ph.D., Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1901 – 1902John Tyndall Fellow, University of Göttingen.

1902 – 1903John Tyndall Fellow, Cambridge University.

1903 – 1958Tutor (1903-1907); Instructor and Ernest Kempton Adams Fellow (1907-1909); Adjunct Professor (1909-1913); Associate Professor of Physics (1913-1919); Professor of Physics (1919-1939); and Emeritus Professor of Physics (1939-1958), Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1929Member, National Academy of Sciences.

Occupation

X-ray physicist.

Places

Birth

Whitehouse (N.J.)

Undergraduate Education

Newark (N.J.)

Graduate Education

New York (N.Y.)

New York (N.Y.)

Employment

New York (N.Y.)

Subjects

Sound-waves.

X-rays.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Thomson, J. J. (Joseph John), 1856-1940

Advisor at University of Cambridge.

Colleagues

Anderson, Herbert Lawrence

Both employed at Columbia University.

Bacher, Robert F. (Robert Fox), 1905-2004

Both employed at Columbia University.

Boehm, Felix

Both employed at Columbia University.

Booth, Eugene

Both employed at Columbia University.

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Both employed at Columbia University.

Brown, Harold, 1927-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Commins, Eugene D.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Cummins, Herman Z., 1933-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Dunning, John R. (John Ray), 1907-1975

Both employed at Columbia University.

Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954

Both employed at Columbia University.

Foley, Henry Michael, 1917-1982

Both employed at Columbia University.

Frosch, Robert A. (Robert Alan), 1928-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Goldhaber, Gerson

Both employed at Columbia University.

Henley, Ernest M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Hughes, Vernon W.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Javan, Ali, 1926-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kinoshita, T. (Toichiro)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kraichnan, Robert H., 1928-2008

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kroll, Norman Myles, 1922-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lederman, Leon M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lee, T. D., 1926-

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Mandelstam, Stanley

Both employed at Columbia University.

Mayer, Maria Goeppert, 1906-1972

Both employed at Columbia University.

Nierenberg, William Aaron, 1919-2000

Both employed at Columbia University.

Novick, Robert

Both employed at Columbia University.

Pegram, George Braxton, 1876-1958

Both employed at Columbia University.

Press, Frank, 1924-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988

Both employed at Columbia University.

Rainwater, L. James (Leo James), 1917-1986

Both employed at Columbia University.

Ramsey, Norman Foster

Both employed at Columbia University.

Ruderman, Malvin A.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Sachs, Allan M. (Allan Maxwell), 1921-1989

Both employed at Columbia University.

Samios, Nicholas P.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Columbia University.

Schwartz, Melvin, 1932-2006

Both employed at Columbia University.

Serber, R. (Robert)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Steinberger, J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Szilard, Leo

Both employed at Columbia University.

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

Both employed at Columbia University.

Thomas, Llewellyn Hilleth, 1903-1992

Both employed at Columbia University.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Weinberg, Steven, 1933-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Wu, C. S. (Chien-shiung), 1912-1997

Both employed at Columbia University.

Additional

Ewald, Paul Peter, 1888-1985

Kronig, R. (Ralph), 1904-

Waller, Ivar, 1898-1991

Institutions

Major Positions

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Obtained AM and PhD. Tutor; Instructor and Ernest Kempton Adams Fellow; Adjunct Professor; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Rutgers University. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained BS.

Universität Göttingen

John Tyndall Fellow.

University of Cambridge

John Tyndall Fellow.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Bergen Davis notebooks, 1899-1912.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Bergen Davis papers, 1898-1960.

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Columbia University

Butler Library, 6th Floor East, New York, NY 10027, USA

Subject

Ivar Waller papers, circa 1912-1989

Centrum för Vetenskapshistoria

Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademien

Stockholm, Sweden

Oral history interview with Norman Ramsey, 1978 December 19, 1979 January 5 and 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Paul Peter Ewald, 1968 May 17 and 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Ralph de Laer Kronig, 1962 November 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

The relations of physics of electrons to other branches of science

Subject

Bergen Davis Physics Today obituary.