Menu ☰

Back to Top

Physics History Network

Over 1000 biographies of physicists and histories of institutions with information pertaining to their lives, careers, and research.

Tip: Search within this page by using Ctrl + F or ⌘ + F


Search Our Catalogs

Archives Books

Collections

Emilio Segré Visual Archives Digital Collections Oral Histories Archival Finding Aids Physics History Network Member Society Portals

Preservation and Support

Donating Materials Suggest a Book Purchase Saving Archival Collections Grants to Archives Documentation Projects History Newsletters

Center for History of Physics

Scholarship & Outreach

Main Navigation

HomeAboutTopic GuidesFeedback

Table of Contents

Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Pol Duwez

Photo

Dates

December 11, 1907 – December 31, 1984

Authorized Form of Name

Duwez, Pol

Biography

Abstract

Pol Duwez was Emeritus Professor of Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology (1941-1978). Other institutional affiliations included Jet Propulsion Laboratory and University of Mons, Belgium (School of Mines). His research interests included alloys and high-temperature oxides.

Important Dates

December 11, 1907Birth.

1932Obtained MetE, Mons School of Mines, Belgium (Université de Mons).

1933Obtained DSc in Physics and Mathematics, University of Brussels (Université libre de Bruxelles).

1933 – 1935Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1935 – 1940Professor, National Foundation for Scientific Research (1935-1938) and National Laboratory for Silicate (1938-1940), Mons School of Mines, Belgium, Mons (Belgium).

1941 – 1978Research Engineer (1941-1947); Associate Professor of Materials Science (1947-1952); Professor of Materials Science (1952-1978); and Emeritus Professor of Materials Science, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1944 – 1954Head, Materials Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1945 – 1955Member, Scientific Advisory Board, United States Air Force.

1972Member, National Academy of Sciences.

December 31, 1984Death, Pasadena (Calif.).

1988Awarded International Prize for New Materials, American Physical Society.

Occupation

Applied physics and materials scientist.

Places

Birth

Mons (Belgium)

Undergraduate Education

Mons (Belgium)

Graduate Education

Brussels (Belgium)

Employment

Pasadena (Calif.)

Death

Pasadena (Calif.)

Subjects

Applied physics and engineering.

Materials science.

Physics -- Industrial applications.

Superconductivity.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Goddard, William A., 1937-

Advised by Duwez at California Institute of Technology, "An improved many-electron theory for atoms and molecules which uses eigenfunctions of total spin."

Henriot, Emile, 1885-1961

PhD advisor at Free University of Brussels.

Johnson, W. L. (William Lewis), 1948-

Advised by Duwez at California Institute of Technology, "Superconductivity in metal-semiconductor eutectic alloys."

Colleagues

Anderson, Carl D. (Carl David), 1905-1991

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Bateman, Harry, 1882-1946

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Bonner, Tom Wilkerson, 1910-1961

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Brown, Harold, 1927-2019

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Christy, Robert F.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Cole, Julian D.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Crane, H. R. (Horace Richard), 1907-2007

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

DuMond, Jesse W. M. (Jesse William Monroe), 1892-1976

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Epstein, Paul S. (Paul Sophus), 1883-1966

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Furry, W. H. (Wendell Hinkle), 1907-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Goldberger, Marvin L.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Gould, Roy W. (Roy Walter), 1927-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Houston, W. V. (William Vermillion), 1900-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Lauritsen, Charles Christian, 1892-1968

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Lin, C. C. (Chia-Chʻiao), 1916-2013

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Tolman, Richard C. (Richard Chace), 1881-1948

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Willmarth, William W.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Wu, Theodore Y.-T. (Theodore Yao-tsu)

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Yariv, Amnon

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Institutions

Major Positions

California Institute of Technology. Division of Engineering and Applied Science

Research Fellow, Research Engineer, Associate Professor of Materials Science, Professor of Materials Science, and Emeritus Professor of Materials Science.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.)

Head, Materials Section.

Universite de Mons

Obtained MetE; National Foundation for Scientific Research; Professor, School for Mines; and National Laboratory for Silicates, Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received International Prize for New Materials.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

United States. Air Force

Member, Scientific Advisory Board.

Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Obtained DSc in Physics and Mathematics (1933).

Resources