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Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

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Melvin J. Lax

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Dates

March 8, 1922 – December 8, 2002

Authorized Form of Name

Lax, Melvin J.

Biography

Abstract

Melvin Lax was a Distinguished Professor of Physics at City University of New York (1971-2002). His other institutional affiliations included Bell Telephone Laboratories and Syracuse University. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1983.

Important Dates

March 8, 1922Birth, New York (N.Y.).

1942Obtained BA, New York University, New York (N.Y.).

1942 – 1945Research Physicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Underwater Sound Laboratory, Cambridge (Mass.).

1943Obtained SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1947Obtained PhD in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1947 – 1955Assistant Professor to Professor, Syracuse University, Syracuse (N.Y.).

1951 – 1955Consultant, Crystal Branch, Naval Research Laboratory, United States Navy.

1955 – 1971Member, Technical Staff (1955-1971) and Head, Theoretical Department of Physics (1962-1964), Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill (N.J.).

1966 – 1969Member, Basic Research Advisory Committee, National Academy of Sciences.

1971 – 2002Consultant, Army Research Office, United States Army.

1971 – 2002Distinguished Professor of Physics, City College, City University of New York, New York (N.Y.).

1972 – 2002Consultant, Bell Telephone Laboratories (name changes to AT & T Bell Laboratories and later Bell Labs Innovations), Murray Hill (N.J.).

1976 – 2002Consultant, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

1983Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1989 – 1992Member and Secretary, Class III (Engineering and Applied Physical and Mathematical Sciences), National Academy of Sciences.

1995 – 1998Member and Secretary, Class III (Engineering and Applied Physical and Mathematical Sciences), National Academy of Sciences.

December 8, 2002Death, Summit (N.J.).

Occupation

Solid state physicist.

Places

Birth

New York (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

New York (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Syracuse (N.Y.)

Murray Hill (N.J.)

New York (N.Y.)

Death

Summit (N.J.)

Subjects

Group theory.

Lasers.

Masers.

Quantum theory.

Solid state physics.

Symmetry (Physics).

Relationships

People

Family

Lax, David

Son.

Lax, Jonathan

Son.

Lax, Judith

Wife.

Lax, Laurie

Daughter.

Lax, Naomi

Daughter.

Colleagues

Ahlers, G. (Günter)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Alfano, Robert R., 1941-

Both employed at City University of New York.

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

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Appelbaum, J. A. (Joel A.)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Ashkin, Arthur, 1922-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Aspnes, D. E.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Birgeneau, Robert J. (Robert Joseph), 1942-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Bode, Hendrik W. (Hendrik Wade), 1905-1982

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Boyle, Willard S., 1924-2011

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Brattain, Walter H. (Walter Houser), 1902-1987

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Brinkman, William F. (William Frank), 1938-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Buchsbaum, Solomon J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Chu, Ching-wu, 1941-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Chynoweth, A. G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Clogston, Albert McCavour

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Cummins, Herman Z., 1933-

Both employed at City University of New York.

Cutler, Cassius Chapin

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Darlington, Sidney, 1906-1997

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

David, Edward E.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

DiSalvo, Francis

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Dynes, Robert C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Feher, George, 1924-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fleury, Paul A.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Fulton, Theodore Alan

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Galt, John Kirtland, 1920-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Geballe, Theodore H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Gossard, A. C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hagstrum, Homer D.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Halperin, Bertrand I.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hamann, Donald, 1939-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Herring, William Conyers, 1914-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hohenberg, Pierre C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Javan, Ali, 1926-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kelly, Mervin Joe

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kompfner, Rudolf, 1909-1977

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lander, James J., 1914-1996

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Libchaber, Albert J.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Marshak, Robert E. (Robert Eugene), 1916-1992

Both employed at City University of New York.

Matthias, Bernd T., 1918-1980

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

McMillan, William L.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Patel, C. Kumar N.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Penzias, Arno A.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pfann, William G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Phillips, J. C.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Raney, William P.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Rice, Thomas Maurice, 1939-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Richards, Paul L. (Paul Linford)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Rowell, John Martin, 1935-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Sarachik, Myriam P.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories and City University of New York.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Shank, C. V. (Charles V.)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Smith, George E., 1930-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Smith, Neville, 1942-2006

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Stillinger, F. H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Swinney, H. L., 1939-

Both employed at City University of New York.

Tauc, J. (Jan)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Thomas, D. G. (David Gilbert), 1928-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Tsui, D. C. (Daniel Chee), 1939-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Wilson, Robert Woodrow, 1936-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Yariv, Amnon

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Additional

Birman, Joseph L. (Joseph Leon), 1927-2016

Bromberg, Joan Lisa

Gor'kov, L. P. (Lev Petrovich), 1929-

Institutions

Major Positions

AT & T Bell Laboratories

Consultant.

Bell Labs Innovations

Consultant.

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Head, Theoretical Department of Physics; Member, Technical staff; and Consultant.

City University of New York. City College. Physics Department

Distinguished Professor of Physics.

Harvard University. Underwater Sound Laboratory

Research Physicist.

Syracuse University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor to Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Consultant.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics

Obtained SM (1943) and PhD (1947).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member, Basic Research Advisory Committee and Member and Secretary, Class III (Engineering and Applied Physical and Mathematical Sciences).

Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)

Consultant, Crystal Branch.

New York University. Department of Physics

Obtained BA (1942).

United States. Army

Consultant, Army Research Office.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Melvin J. Lax lecture notes on application of group theory to solid state physics, 1960-1961.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Melvin Lax, 1986 February 6.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

CCNY Physics Symposium in celebration of Melvin Lax's sixtieth birthday / edited by H. Falk.

Frontiers in condensed matter theory : proceedings of a US-USSR conference / edited by Melvin Lax, Lev. P. Gorʹkov and Joseph L. Birman.

Symmetry principles in solid state and molecular physics / Melvin Lax.

Subject

"Melvin Lax: 1922-2002", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences.

Melvin Lax Physics Today obituary.