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Robert H. Dicke

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Dates

May 16, 1916 – March 4, 1997

Authorized Form of Name

Dicke, Robert H. (Robert Henry)

Additional Forms of Names

Dicke, R. H. (Robert Henry)

Dicke, Robert H. (Robert Henry), 1916-1997

Dicke, Robert Henry

Biography

Abstract

Robert H. Dicke was Emeritus Albert Einstein Professor of Science at Princeton University (1946-1997). Other institutional affiliations included the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Radiation Laboratory. His research interests included atomic physics, astrophysics, and cosmology.

Important Dates

May 16, 1916Birth, St. Louis (Mo.).

1939Obtained AB, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1941Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Rochester, Rochester (N.Y.).

1941 – 1946Researcher, Radiation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1946 – 1997Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics (1946-1957); Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics (1957-1975); Chair, Department of Physics (1967-1970); Albert Einstein Professor of Science (1975-1984); and Emeritus Albert Einstein Professor of Science (1984-1997), Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1954 – 1955Visiting Professor, Harvard University.

1959 – 1961Member, Advisory Panel on Physics, National Science Foundation.

1961 – 1963Chair, Advisory Committee on Atomic Physics, National Bureau of Standards.

1963 – 1970Member (1963-1970) and Chair (1963-1966), Committee on Physics, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1967Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1967 – 1969Chair, Advisory Committee on Radio Astronomy, National Science Foundation.

1970Awarded National Medal of Science.

1970 – 1976Member, National Science Board.

1975 – 1980Member, Visiting Committee, National Bureau of Standards.

March 4, 1997Death, Princeton (N.J.).

Occupation

Astrophysicist.

Places

Birth

St. Louis (Mo.)

Undergraduate Education

Princeton (N.J.)

Graduate Education

Rochester (N.Y.)

Employment

Cambridge (Mass.)

Princeton (N.J.)

Death

Princeton (N.J.)

Subjects

Anthropic principle.

Astrophysics.

Big bang theory.

Cosmic background radiation.

Cosmology.

Field theory (Physics).

Inflationary universe.

Lasers.

Microwaves.

Nuclear physics.

Quantum optics.

Radiation.

Red shift.

Relativity (Physics).

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901-1994

PhD Advisor at University of Rochester, "Inelastic Scattering of Protons and Nuclear Energy Levels."

Colleagues

Adelberger, Eric G.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Aizenman, Michael

Both employed at Princeton University.

Al'tshuler, B. L.

Both employed at Princeton University.

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

Both employed at Princeton University.

Austin, Robert H.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Bargmann, V. (Valentine), 1908-1989

Both employed at Princeton University.

Berko, Stephan

Both employed at Princeton University.

Bertsch, George F.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Bleakney, Walker, 1901-1992

Both employed at Princeton University.

Bohm, David, 1917-1992

Both employed at Princeton University.

Brown, G. E. (Gerald Edward), 1926-

Both employed at Princeton University.

Callan, Curtis G.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Chaikin, Paul M.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Christ, Norman

Both employed at Princeton University.

Coppersmith, Susan Nan

Both employed at Princeton University.

Cronin, James W., 1931-2016

Both employed at Princeton University.

Fitch, Val L., 1923-2015

Both employed at Princeton University.

Freedman, Stuart J.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Frieman, E. A.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Goldberger, Marvin L.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Gross, David J. (David Jonathan)

Both employed at Princeton University.

Haldane, F. Duncan M.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Happer, William, 1939-

Both employed at Princeton University.

Hartle, J. B. (James B.)

Both employed at Princeton University.

Hofstadter, Robert, 1915-1990

Both employed at Princeton University.

Hopfield, John J.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Kaspi, Victoria Michelle, 1967-

Both employed at Princeton University.

Libchaber, Albert J.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Lieb, Elliott H.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Misner, Charles W.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Page, Lyman A.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Pines, David, 1924-

Both employed at Princeton University.

Pollock, Robert Elwood, 1936-

Both employed at Princeton University.

Polyakov, A. M.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Robertson, H. P. (Howard Percy), 1903-1961

Both employed at Princeton University.

Schwarz, John H.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Shenstone, A. G. (Allen Goodrich)

Both employed at Princeton University.

Smyth, Henry De Wolf, 1898-1986

Both employed at Princeton University.

Taylor, Joseph H. (Joseph Hooton)

Both employed at Princeton University.

Thorne, Kip S.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Treiman, Sam B.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Warburton, Ernest Keeling

Both employed at Princeton University.

Weiss, Rainer

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wightman, A. S. (Arthur Strong), 1922-2013

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wilczek, Frank

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wilkinson, David T.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000

Both employed at Princeton University.

Witherell, Michael S., 1949-

Both employed at Princeton University.

Witten, E.

Both employed at Princeton University.

York, James W., Jr., 1939-

Both employed at Princeton University.

Additional

Apker, LeRoy Woodard

Fellow graduate students at University of Rochester.

Armstrong, J. A. (John A.)

Bloembergen, N.

Cohen, Morrel H.

Gamow, George, 1904-1968

Geller, Margaret J.

Guth, Alan H.

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

Hall, John Stuart, 1942-

Harvey, A. L. (Alexander Louis), 1917-

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

Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958

Peebles, P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin)

Penzias, Arno A.

Pound, Robert V.

Purcell, Edward M.

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

Schwarzschild, Martin

Sciama, D. W. (Dennis William), 1926-

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Townes, Charles H.

Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002

Wittke, James P.

Institutions

Major Positions

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Visiting Professor.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Radiation Laboratory

Researcher.

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Obtained AB; Assistant Professor to Professor; Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics; Chair, Department of Physics; Albert Einstein Professor of Science; and Emeritus Albert Einstein Professor of Science.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.)

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

National Science Board (U.S.)

Member.

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Member, Advisory Panel on Physics and Chair, Advisory Committee on Radio Astronomy.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Member and Chair, Committee on Physics.

United States. National Bureau of Standards

Member, Visiting Committee and Chair, Advisory Committee on Atomic Physics.

University of Rochester. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained PhD in 1941 in Physics.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

General interest session [sound recording] / 1972 April 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Dicke, 1988 January 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert H. Dicke, 1975 November 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Henry Dicke, 1983 May 2.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Henry Dicke, 1985 June 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Research Corporation maser and laser patents collection, 1956-1962.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Robert H. Dicke papers, 1939-1996 (bulk 1953-1990).

Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

Princeton University

1 Washington Road, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA

Robert H. Dicke response to Laser History Project Survey, 1983.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Selected papers [sound recording], 1967.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Seminar for science writers [sound recording], 1969 January 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

AIP Center for History of Physics responses to Laser History Project Survey, 1983.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Alex Harvey letters from prominent physicists, 1960-1973.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Allen Shenstone autobiography, 1962.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Arno A. Penzias papers, 1931-2006 (bulk 1963-1998).

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

John A. Wheeler papers, 1880-2008.

Library

American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Oral history interview P. J. E. Peebles, 1984 September 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Charles H. Townes, 1979 June 18 and 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Charles H. Townes, 1984 January 28 and 31.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Charles W. Misner, 2001 May 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with D. W. Sciama, 1989 January 25.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Todd Wilkinson, 1984 September 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edward Mills Purcell, 1977 June 8 and 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Erwin Louis Hahn, 1986 August 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with James Peebles, 1988 January 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with James Pleister Wittke, 1983 September 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Jim Peebles, 2002 April 4 and 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John A. Armstrong, 1984 October 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John S. Hall, 1979 February 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Martin Schwarzschild, 1977 March 10, June 3, December 16 and 1979 July 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Morrel H. Cohen, 1981 March 31 and June 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Nicolaas Bloembergen, 1983 June 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Rainer Weiss, 2000 May 10.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

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

The Decision to Build the Very Large Array, 1975 May 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Woodruff T. Sullivan papers, 1946-2009.

Archives

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

Published Resources

Author

Gravitation and the universe [by] Robert H. Dicke.

Introduction to quantum mechanics, by Robert H. Dicke and James P. Wittke.

Principles of microwave circuits / edited by C.G. Montgomery, R.H. Dicke, E.M. Purcell.

The theoretical significance of experimental relativity / R. H. Dicke.

Subject

"Robert Henry Dicke: 1916-1997", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Robert Henry Dicke Physics Today obituary.