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Paul S. Epstein

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Dates

March 20, 1883 – Feburary 8, 1966

Authorized Form of Name

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

Additional Forms of Names

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

Epstein, Paul Sophus, 1883-1966

Biography

Abstract

Paul S. Epstein was Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Physics at the California Institute of Technology (1921-1966). Other institutional affiliations included the University of Leiden and the University of Zurich. His research interests included thermodynamics and quantum theory.

Important Dates

March 20, 1883Birth, Warsaw (Poland).

1905Obtained BSc, Imperial University, Moscow (Moskovskii gosudarstvennyi universitet im. M.V. Lomonosova), Moscow (Russia).

1906 – 1907Instructor, Moscow Institute of Agriculture.

1909Obtained MSc, Imperial University, Moscow (Moskovskii gosudarstvennyi universitet im. M.V. Lomonosova), Moscow (Russia).

1909 – 1910Privatdozent, Imperial University, Moscow (Moskovskii gosudarstvennyi universitet im. M.V. Lomonosova).

1914Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Munich (Universität München), Munich (Germany).

1919 – 1921Privatdozent, University of Zurich.

1921Assistant in Physics, University of Leiden.

1921 – 1966Professor of Mathematical Physics (1921-1953) and Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Physics (1953-1966), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1930Member, National Academy of Sciences.

Feburary 8, 1966Death, Pasadena (Calif.).

Occupation

Mathematical physicist.

Places

Birth

Warsaw (Poland)

Undergraduate Education

Moscow (Russia)

Graduate Education

Moscow (Russia)

Munich (Germany)

Employment

Pasadena (Calif.)

Death

Pasadena (Calif.)

Subjects

Atomic theory.

Mathematical physics.

Nuclear physics.

Quantum theory.

Thermodynamics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Ehrenfest, Paul, 1880-1933

Post-doc advisor at Leiden University.

Leighton, Robert B.

PhD advisor at California Institute of Technology, "The vibrational spectrum of a mon-atomic face-centered cubic crystal lattice," and both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Podolsky, Boris, 1896-1966

Advised by Epstein at California Institute of Technology in Particle Theory.

Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951

PhD advisor at University of Munich in Particle Theory.

Colleagues

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Bahcall, John N.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Bardeen, James Maxwell, 1939-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Barish, B. C. (Barry Clark), 1936-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Bateman, Harry, 1882-1946

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Bitter, Francis, 1902-1967

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Boehm, Felix

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Bonner, Tom Wilkerson, 1910-1961

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.

Dashen, Roger F.

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.

Duwez, Pol

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Eckart, Carl, 1902-1973

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Fowler, William A.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Gell-Mann, Murray

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Glashow, Sheldon L.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Glauber, Roy J., 1925-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Gordy, Walter, 1909-1985

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Hellwarth, Robert Willis, 1930-

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.

Lauritsen, Thomas, 1915-1973

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Neddermeyer, Seth H. (Seth Henry), 1907-1988

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Schiff, Leonard I. (Leonard Isaac), 1915-1971

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Sciulli, Frank J.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Slichter, Louis B. (Louis Byrne), 1896-1978

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Spitzer, Frank, 1926-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Thorne, Kip S.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Tollestrup, Alvin

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Trilling, George H.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Tsuei, Chang C.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Von Kármán, Theodore, 1881-1963

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Wilson, Robert Woodrow, 1936-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Zweig, George

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Additional

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Born, Max, 1882-1970

Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962

Courant, Richard, 1888-1972

Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Ewald, Paul Peter, 1888-1985

Eyring, Carl F. (Carl Ferdinand)

Franck, James, 1882-1964

Friedrich, Walter, 1883-1968

Goetz, Alexander, 1897-1970

Huff, L. D. (Lorenz Ditmar), 1905-

Jordan, Pascual, 1902-1980

Landé, Alfred, 1888-

Lasarev, Petr Petrovich, 1878-1942

Laue, Max von, 1879-1960

Lorentz, H. A. (Hendrik Antoon), 1853-1928

Nernst, Walther, 1864-1941

Oppenheimer, Frank, 1912-1985

Planck, Max, 1858-1947

Plesset, Milton S. (Milton Spinoza)

Röntgen, Wilhelm Conrad, 1845-1923

Rubinowicz, Wojciech

Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937

Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961

Schwarzschild, K. (Karl), 1873-1916

Sponer, Hertha, 1895-1968

Stark, Johannes, 1874-1957

Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955

Wooldridge, Dean E.

Institutions

Major Positions

California Institute of Technology. Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

Professor of Mathematical Physics and Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Physics.

Moskovskii gosudarstvennyi universitet im. M.V. Lomonosova. Fizika

Obtained BSc (1905) and MSc (1909). Privadozent.

Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden

Assistant in Physics.

Universitat Zurich

Privadozent.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Universität München

Obtained PhD in Physics (1914).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Oral History interview with Paul S. Epstein, 1965.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

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

Oral history interview with Paul Sophus Epstein, 1962 May 25, 26 and June 2.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Paul S. Epstein papers, 1898-1966.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

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

Subject

Alexander Goetz papers, 1919-1976 (bulk 1930-1976).

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

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

Alfred Landé papers, 1915-1970.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

C. F. Richter student notes of lectures given by Paul Epstein, 1925-1928.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

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

Carl F. Eyring lecture notes on electricty and magnetism, 1922-1923.

Harold B. Lee Library. Special Collections Division.

Brigham Young University.

P.O. Box 26835, Provo, UT 84602-6835, USA

Gustav Herglotz papers.

Abteilung für Handschriften und seltene Drucke

Niedersächsische Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen

Papendiek 14, D-37073 Göttingen

Hermann Weyl manuscripts and correspondence, 1909-1955.

Handschriftenabteilung

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Zurich, Switzerland

Howard W. Wise lecture notes, 1926.

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, 94720-6000, USA

Johannes Stark correspondence, 1904-1927.

Deutsches Museum

Museumsinsel 1, 80306 Munich, Germany

Karl Schwarzchild papers.

Abteilung für Handschriften und seltene Drucke

Niedersächsische Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen

Papendiek 14, D-37073 Göttingen

Lorenz D. Huff papers, 1928-1948.

Libraries

Clemson University

Senator Strom Thurmond Institute Building, Clemson, SC 29634-3001, USA

Lorenz D. Huff student lecture notes, 1928-1931.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

Niels Bohr scientific correspondence, supplement, 1910-1962.

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Oral history interview with Carl Henry Eckart, 1962 May 31.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Dean E. Wooldridge, 1976 August 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Ernst Pascual Jordan, 1963 June 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frank Oppenheimer, 1984 November 16.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

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

Oral history interview with H. R. Crane, 1973 March 28 and 1974 June 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Milton Plesset, 1981 December 8.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

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

Oral history interview with Paul Peter Ewald, 1962 March 29 and May 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Richard Courant, 1962 May 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Theodore Von Karman, 1962 June 29.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Walter Friedrich, 1963 May 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Wojciech Rubinowicz, 1963 May 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history joint interview with James Franck and Hertha Sponer-Franck, 1962 July 9 to 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Paul Ehrenfest papers [microform], 1903-1933.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Petr P. Lasarev papers, 1914-1941.

Archive

Russian Academy of Sciences

ul. Novocheremushkinskaia, 34, Moscow, 117218, Russia

Richard Dedekind papers.

Abteilung für Handschriften und seltene Drucke

Niedersächsische Staats-und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen

Papendiek 14, D-37073 Göttingen

Published Resources

Author

Der Stark-Effekt / Johannes Stark, Paul S. Epstein.

Textbook of thermodynamics / by Paul S. Epstein.

Subject

"Paul Sophus Epstein:1883-1966", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences