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Freeman J. Dyson

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Dates

December 15, 1923 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Dyson, Freeman J.

Additional Forms of Names

Dyson, F. J. (Freeman J.)

Dyson, Freeman (Freeman John), 1923-

Biography

Abstract

Freeman Dyson is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study (1953-present). Other institutional affiliations include Cornell University and the University of Birmingham. His research interests include topics explored by the JASON Defense Advisory Group and theoretical physics.

Important Dates

December 15, 1923Birth, Crowthorne (England).

1943 – 1945Member, Operational Research Section, Bomber Command, Royal Air Force, United Kingdom.

1945Obtained BA, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1946 – 1947Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1947 – 1948Commonwealth Fellow, Cornell University.

1948 – 1949Commonwealth Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study.

1949 – 1951Teaching Fellow, University of Birmingham.

1951 – 1953Professor of Physics, Cornell University.

1953 – presentProfessor of Physics (1953-1994) and Emeritus Professor of Physics (1994-present), Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (N.J.).

1964Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1965Awarded Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, American Physical Society.

1981Awarded Wolf Prize in Physics, Wolf Foundation.

1993Awarded Enrico Fermi Award, United States Department of Energy.

Occupation

Theoretical physicist.

Places

Birth

Crowthorne (England)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (England)

Employment

Princeton (N.J.)

Subjects

Nuclear disarmament.

Quantum electrodynamics.

Science and state.

Theoretical physics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005

Post-doctoral advisor at Cornell University. Both employed at Cornell University.

Kittel, Charles

Collaborated on problems regarding ferromagnetism and spin wave theory.

Colleagues

Adler, Stephen L.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Arnowitt, Richard

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

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

Both employed at Cornell University.

Bahcall, John N.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Bardeen, William A.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Callan, Curtis G.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Campbell, David K.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Case, Kenneth M.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Charney, Jule G.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Cooper, Leon N. (Leon Neil), 1930-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Coppi, B.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Corson, Dale R.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Courant, Ernest D. (Ernest David), 1920-

Both employed at Cornell University.

Dashen, Roger F.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Deser, S. (Stanley)

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

DeWitt, Bryce S. (Bryce Seligman), 1923-2004

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Feinberg, Gerald, 1933-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988

Both employed at Cornell University.

Freedman, Daniel Z.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Glauber, Roy J., 1925-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Glimm, James

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Goldberger, Marvin L.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Greisen, Kenneth

Both employed at Cornell University.

Hartle, J. B. (James B.)

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Horowitz, Gary T., 1955-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Jaffe, Arthur, 1937-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Kinoshita, T. (Toichiro)

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Kraichnan, Robert H., 1928-2008

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Kroll, Norman Myles, 1922-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Krumhansl, J. A. (James A.)

Both employed at Cornell University.

Lee, T. D., 1926-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Luttinger, Joaquin M.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Maldacena, Juan Martin, 1968-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

McDaniel, Boyce D. (Boyce Dawkins), 1917-

Both employed at Cornell University.

Merritt, Ernest, 1865-1948

Both employed at Cornell University.

Morrison, Philip

Both employed at Cornell University.

Morse, Marston, 1892-1977

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Nambu, Yoichiro, 1921-2015

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Overhauser, Albert Warner, 1925-

Both employed at Cornell University.

Pines, David, 1924-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Rosenbluth, M. N.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Segal, Irving Ezra

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Seiberg, Nathan

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Sessler, A. M. (Andrew Marienhoff)

Both employed at Cornell University.

Spencer, Thomas, 1946-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Steinberger, J.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Strominger, Andrew Eben

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Watson, Kenneth M.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Weinberg, Erick J.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Wilczek, Frank

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000

Both employed at Cornell University.

Witten, E.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Wu, Tai Tsun

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Yang, Chen Ning, 1922-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Additional

Bondi, Hermann

Burbidge, Geoffrey R.

Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995

Christy, Robert F.

Creutz, E.

Frauenfelder, Hans, 1922-

Frieman, E. A.

Misner, Charles W.

Naugle, John E.

Pais, Abraham, 1918-2000

Salpeter, Edwin E.

Waltz, Ronald E.

Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008

Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995

Wilson, Kenneth G. (Kenneth Geddes), 1936-2013

Institutions

Major Positions

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Commonwealth Fellow and Professor of Physics.

Great Britain. Royal Air Force

Member, Operational Research Section, Bomber Command.

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

Commonwealth Fellow; Professor of Physics; and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Trinity College (University of Cambridge)

Research Fellow.

University of Birmingham. Department of Mathematical Physics

Teaching Fellow.

University of Cambridge. Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Obtained BA (1945).

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1965 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics.

Columbia University. Department of Physics

GA (Series) (San Diego, Calif.)

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

United States. Department of Energy

Received 1993 Enrico Fermi Award.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Wolf Foundation Prizes

Received 1981 Wolf Foundation Prize in Physics.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

A symposium in honor of Hans A. Bethe on the occasion of his 60th birthday [sound recording] at Cornell University, 1966 October 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Commonwealth Fund records of Harkness Fellowships, SG 1, Series 20, 1918-1988.

Rockefeller Archive Center

15 Dayton Ave., Pocantico Hills, North Tarrytown, NY 10591-1598, USA

Invited papers [sound recording], 1965 April.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Freeman J. Dyson, 1986 December 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Science and the ultimate reality [computer file] : celebrating the vision of John Archibald Wheeler and taking it forward into a new center of discovery / 2002 March 15-18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Abraham Pais papers, 1875 -2000 (bulk 1936-1998).

Rockefeller Archive Center

15 Dayton Ave., Pocantico Hills, North Tarrytown, NY 10591-1598, USA

David Allen Park collection of lectures and lecture notes, 1940-1952.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Hans Frauenfelder response to survey on the impact of immigration on U.S. physics, 1999.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

I can do that: [videorecording] Hans Bethe's first 60 years at Cornell, executive producer, David H. Rose; producer and writer, Edward Hershey; director, Michael Champlin, 1995.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Institute for Advanced Study oral history project files and recordings, circa 1950-2012 (bulk 1988-2012).

Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center

Institute for Advanced Study

1 Einstein Drive, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

International Congress for Physics [motion picture] / photographed by Heinrich Medicus.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Charles Misner, 1989 April 3.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edward A. Frieman, 2006 December 4 and 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edward Creutz, 2006 January 9 and 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edwin Ernest Salpeter, 1978 March 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Eugene Paul Wigner, 1963 November 21 and December 3, 4.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Geoffrey Burbidge, 1977 October 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Hermann Bondi, 1978 March 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John Archibald Wheeler, 1988 May 4, May 23 and November 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John E. Naugle, 1980 August 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Jule G. Charney, 1980 August 25, 26, 27 and 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Kenneth G. Wilson, 1991 December 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral History interview with Norman M. Kroll, 1986 June 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Norman M. Kroll, 1987 March 29.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert F. Christy, 1994.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

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

Oral history interview with Ronald E. Waltz, 2006 May 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Peoples Archive interviews with physicists, [video recording].

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

University of Miami. Center for Theoretical Studies J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize acceptance speeches, 1969-1973.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Advanced quantum mechanics.

Birds and frogs : selected papers, 1990-2014 / Freeman J. Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Dreams of earth and sky / Freeman Dyson.

Freeman Dyson, Disturbing the Universe (New York: Harper and Row, 1979).

From Eros to Gaia / Freeman Dyson.

Infinite in all directions : Gifford lectures given at Aberdeen, Scotland, April-November 1985 / Freeman J. Dyson ; edited by the author.

Origins of life / Freeman Dyson.

Selected papers of Freeman Dyson with commentary / Freeman Dyson ; with foreword by Elliott H. Lieb.

Symmetry groups in nuclear and particle physics; a lecture-note and reprint volume [edited by] Freeman J. Dyson.

Weapons and hope / by Freeman Dyson.

Subject

Freeman Dyson National Academy of Sciences Audio Interview

Freeman Dyson Video Autobiographical Interview at Web of Stories

Phillip F. Schewe, Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson (New York: Thomas Dunne, 2013).

Silvan S. Schweber, Q.E.D. and the Men Who Made It: Dyson, Feynman, Schwinger, and Tomonaga (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994).

The starship and the canoe / Kenneth Brower.