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Biography

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Samuel Devons

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Dates

September 30, 1914 – December 6, 2006

Authorized Form of Name

Devons, Samuel

Biography

Abstract

Samuel Devons was Professor Emeritus of Physics at Columbia University (1960-2006). Other institutional affiliations included the University of Manchester and Imperial College London. In addition to research into nuclear physics, the properties of nuclei, and gamma ray emission, Devons was a science historian.

Important Dates

September 30, 1914Birth, Bangor (Wales).

1935Obtained BA, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1939Obtained MA and PhD in Physics, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1939 – 1945Science Officer, Ministry of Supply, United Kingdom.

1946 – 1949Fellow and Director of Studies, Trinity College, Cambridge University.

1950 – 1955Professor of Physics, Imperial College London, London (England).

1955 – 1960Langworthy Professor (1955-1960) and Director, Physics Laboratories (1955-1960), University of Manchester, Manchester (England).

1959 – 2006Visiting Professor (1959-1960); Professor of Physics (1960-1984); Chair, Department of Physics (1963-1967); and Professor Emeritus (1985-2006), Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1967 – 1968Visiting Professor, Andhra University, India.

1969 – 1984Visiting Professor, Barnard College.

1970Awarded Rutherford Medal, Institute of Physics.

1973 – 1974Racah Visiting Professor, Hebrew University.

December 6, 2006Death, New York (N.Y.).

Occupation

Nuclear physicist.

Places

Birth

Bangor (Wales)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (England)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (England)

Employment

London (England)

New York (N.Y.)

Manchester (England)

Death

New York (N.Y.)

Subjects

Gamma rays.

Nuclear physics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937

Advisor at University of Cambridge.

Colleagues

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Both employed at Columbia University.

Chaudhari, Praveen, 1937-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Christ, Norman

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.

Feinberg, Gerald, 1933-

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.

Guth, Alan H.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Happer, William, 1939-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kahn, Steven Michael

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kroll, Norman Myles, 1922-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lederman, Leon M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lee, T. D., 1926-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Luttinger, Joaquin M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Millis, Andrew J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Nagamiya, S. (Shoji)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Novick, Robert

Both employed at Columbia University.

Nygren, David R.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Peoples, John, Jr.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Pinczuk, Aron

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.

Ruderman, Malvin A.

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Schwartz, Melvin, 1932-2006

Both employed at Columbia University.

Sciulli, Frank J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Serber, R. (Robert)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Steinberger, J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Störmer, Horst

Both employed at Columbia University.

Thomas, Llewellyn Hilleth, 1903-1992

Both employed at Columbia University.

Ting, S. C. C. (Samuel Chao-chung), 1936-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Weinberg, Erick J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Wick, G. C. (Gian Carlo)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Additional

Pound, Robert V.

Institutions

Major Positions

Andhra University

Visiting Professor.

Barnard College

Visiting Professor.

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Visiting Professor; Professor of Physics; Chair of Department; and Professor Emeritus.

Great Britain. Ministry of Supply. London Office.

Science Officer.

Imperial College. London

Professor of Physics.

Trinity College (University of Cambridge)

Fellow and Director of Studies.

Universitah ha-'Ivrit bi-Yerushalayim

Racah Visiting Professor.

University of Manchester

Langworthy Professor and Director, Physics Laboratories.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Institute of Physics (Great Britain)

Received 1970 Rutherford Medal.

University of Cambridge. Department of Physics

Obtained BA, MA, and PhD in 1939 in Physics.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

American Association of Physics Teachers symposium: [sound recording]: history in the teaching of physics / 1973 October 12, 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Bicentennial session on the history of pioneering American physicists [sound recording] / 1976 April 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral History interview with Robert V. Pound, 2003 May 22 and 23.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Samuel Devons papers, 1959-2004.

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Columbia University

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

Published Resources

Author

Biology and the physical sciences. Edited by Samuel Devons.

Excited states of nuclei / by S. Devons.

High-energy physics and nuclear structure : proceedings / edited by Samuel Devons.

Subject

Samuel Devons Physics Today obituary.