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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

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William Martin Fairbank

Photo

Dates

February 24, 1917 – October 1, 1989

Authorized Form of Name

Fairbank, William Martin, 1917-1989

Additional Forms of Names

Fairbank, William M.

Biography

Abstract

William M. Fairbank was Emeritus Professor of Physics at Stanford University (1959-1989). Other institutional affiliations included Duke University and Amherst College. His research interests included the superfluidity of liquid helium and magnetic flux.

Important Dates

February 24, 1917Birth, Minneapolis (Minn.).

1939Obtained AB, Whitman College, Walla Walla (Wash.).

1942 – 1945Staff Member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Radiation Laboratory.

1947 – 1952Assistant Professor of Physics, Amherst College, Amherst (Mass.).

1948Obtained PhD in Physics, Yale University, New Haven (Conn.).

1952 – 1959Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics, Duke University, Durham (N.C.).

1959 – 1989Professor to Max H. Stein Professor of Physics (1959-1985) and Emeritus Professor of Physics (1985-1989), Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

1963Awarded Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize, American Physical Society.

October 1, 1989Death, Palo Alto (Calif.).

Occupation

Low-temperature physicist.

Places

Birth

Minneapolis (Minn.)

Undergraduate Education

Walla Walla (Wash.)

Graduate Education

New Haven (Conn.)

Employment

Amherst (Mass.)

Durham (N.C.)

Palo Alto (Calif.)

Death

Palo Alto (Calif.)

Subjects

Helium Isotopes.

Low temperatures.

Superconductivity.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Lane, Cecil Taverner, 1904-

PhD Advisor at Yale University in Superconductivity.

Colleagues

Adelberger, Eric G.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bardeen, William A.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Beasley, Malcolm

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bjorken, James D.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Bloch, Felix, 1905-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Cabrera, Blas

Both employed at Stanford University.

Chodorow, Marvin

Both employed at Stanford University.

Chu, Steven

Both employed at Stanford University.

Dorfan, Jonathan

Both employed at Stanford University.

Drell, Sidney D. (Sidney David), 1926-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Fetter, Alexander L., 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Freedman, Stuart J.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Friedman, Jerome I. (Jerome Isaac), 1930-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Glashow, Sheldon L.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Greene, Christopher Henry

Both employed at Stanford University.

Hänsch, T. W. (Theo W.), 1941-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Hofstadter, Robert, 1915-1990

Both employed at Stanford University.

Jaffe, Arthur, 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Kendall, Henry W. (Henry Way), 1926-1999

Both employed at Stanford University.

Kirkpatrick, Paul

Both employed at Stanford University.

Laughlin, Robert B.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Meyerhof, Walter E. (Walter Ernst), 1922-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Nelson, Ann E. (Ann Elizabeth)

Both employed at Stanford University.

Osheroff, Douglas D.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Pake, G. E. (George Edward)

Both employed at Stanford University.

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

Both employed at Stanford University.

Richter, Burton, 1931-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Stanford University.

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

Both employed at Stanford University.

Schwartz, Melvin, 1932-2006

Both employed at Stanford University.

Smith, Neville, 1942-2006

Both employed at Stanford University.

Sprouse, Gene D.

Both employed at Stanford University.

Susskind, Leonard

Both employed at Stanford University.

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

Both employed at Stanford University.

Terman, Frederick Emmons, 1900-1982

Both employed at Stanford University.

Turner, Michael Stanley

Both employed at Stanford University.

Walecka, John Dirk, 1932-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976

Both employed at Stanford University.

White, Robert M., 1938-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Will, Clifford M., 1946-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Wojcicki, Stanley G., 1937-

Both employed at Stanford University.

Additional

Pippard, A. B.

Institutions

Major Positions

Amherst College. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor of Physics.

Duke University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Radiation Laboratory

Staff Member.

Stanford University. Department of Physics

Professor to Max H. Stein Professor of Physics and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1963 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize.

Whitman College

Obtained AB (1939).

Yale University. Physics Department

Obtained PhD in Physics (1948).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

William Martin Fairbank papers, 1961-1989.

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Alfred Brian Pippard, 1982 September 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with William Conyers Herring, 1974 July 23, 29, and 31 October.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Stanford University Department of Physics records, 1966-1985 (bulk 1971-1985).

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University

Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA

Published Resources

Subject

William M. Fairbank Physics Today obituary.