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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

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Hans Frauenfelder

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Dates

July 28, 1922 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Frauenfelder, Hans, 1922-

Biography

Abstract

Hans Frauenfelder is Senior Fellow, Theory Division, at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Other institutional affiliations include the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich. His research interests include biophysics and condensed matter.

Important Dates

July 28, 1922Birth, Neuhausen (Switzerland).

1946 – 1952Assistant Physicist, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland).

1947Obtained Diploma, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland).

1950Obtained Dr. Sc. Nat. in Physics, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland).

1952 – presentAssistant Professor of Physics (1952-1956); Associate Professor of Physics (1956-1958); Professor of Physics (1958-1992); Member, Center for Advanced Study (1978-1992); and Emeritus Professor of Physics Chemistry and Biophysics (1995-present), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chicago (Ill.).

1958 – 1959Visiting Scientist, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

1963Visiting Scientist, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

1973Visiting Scientist, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

1975Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1977 – 1981Member, Council, American Physical Society.

1979 – 1981Member, Advisory Committee, Physics Section, National Science Foundation.

1979 – 1981Chair, Advisory Panel on Commerical High-Level Radioactive Waste, Office of Technology Assessment, United States Congress.

1980 – 1982Member, Board on Research on Effects of Radiation, Nuclear Research Council.

1981 – 1986Member, Board of Trustees, Aspen Center for Physics.

1983 – 1986Chair, Physics Section, National Academy of Sciences.

1983 – 1987Chair (1983-1986) and Member (1983-1987), Board on Physics and Astronomy, National Research Council.

1986 – 1993Chairman, Governing Board, American Institute of Physics.

1986 – 1993Member, Committee on the USSR and Eastern Europe, National Academy of Sciences.

1987 – 1998Member, Science Board, Santa Fe Institute.

1990 – 1996Chair (1990-1993) and Member (1990-1996), Commission on Biological Physics.

1992Awarded Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics, American Physical Society.

1992 – presentStaff Member (1992-1995); Director, Center for Nonlinear Studies (1995-2003); and Senior Fellow, Theory Division (2003-present), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos (N.M.).

1993 – 1996Member, Board on Physics and Astronomy, National Research Council.

1994 – 1996Chair, Commission of Subcellular and Macromolecular Biophysics, International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics.

1998 – 1999Chair, Section on Physics, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

2003 – 2005Member, Science Board, Santa Fe Institute.

Occupation

Biophysicist.

Places

Birth

Neuhausen (Switzerland)

Undergraduate Education

Zurich (Switzerland)

Graduate Education

Zurich (Switzerland)

Employment

Zurich (Switzerland)

Chicago (Ill.)

Los Alamos (N.M.)

Subjects

Biophysics.

Condensed matter.

Nuclear physics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Austin, Robert H.

Advised by Frauenfelder at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign "Experimental Studies of Myoglobin Recombination Kinetics."

Henley, Ernest M.

Co-wrote "Subatomic physics."

Scherrer, Paul

PhD advisor at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich in "Die Untersuchung von Oberflaechenprozessen mit Radioaktivitaet."

Colleagues

Abrahams, Elihu

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Almy, Gerald Marks, 1904-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Anastasio, Michael R.

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Anderson, A. C. (Ansel Cochran), 1933-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bardeen, John

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Baym, Gordon

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bowman, J. D. (J. David)

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Browne, John Charles, 1942-

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Campbell, David K.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Ceperley, David

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Chew, Geoffrey F.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Clogston, Albert McCavour

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Drickamer, H. G. (Harry George), 1918-2002

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Duke, Charles B.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Everhart, Thomas E.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Feibelman, Peter J.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Fisk, Zachary

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Ginsberg, Donald M.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Goldenfeld, Nigel

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Greene, Laura H.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Hecker, Siegfried S.

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Jackson, John David, 1925-2016

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kadanoff, Leo P.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kerst, Donald William, 1911-1993

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Klein, Miles V., 1933-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Knapp, Edward A.

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Lazarus, David, 1921-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Leggett, A. J. (Anthony J.)

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lieb, Elliott H.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Loomis, F. W. (Francis Wheeler), 1889-1976

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Low, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1921-2007

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Massey, Walter E.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

McMillan, William L.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Moss, Joel M.

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Nanos, G. Peter

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Novick, Robert

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Overhauser, Albert Warner, 1925-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Pandharipande, V. R.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Pines, David, 1924-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Robertson, R. G. Hamish, 1943-

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Schrieffer, J. R. (John Robert), 1931-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Simmons, Ralph Oliver

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Slichter, Charles P.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Sullivan, Jeremiah D.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Van Harlingen, Dale J.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Wheatley, John Charles

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Zweig, George

Both employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Additional

Agnew, Harold M.

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

Bloembergen, N.

Creutz, E.

Dyson, Freeman J.

Feshbach, Herman

Goldberger, Marvin L.

Kittel, Charles

Lederman, Leon M.

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

Pound, Robert V.

Ramsey, Norman, 1915-2011

Sachs, Robert Green, 1916-

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

Townes, Charles H.

Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002

Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008

Institutions

Major Positions

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Departement Physik

Obtained Diploma (1947) and Dr. Sc. Nat. in Physics (1950). Assistant Physicist.

European Organization for Nuclear Research

Visiting Scientist.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Staff Member, Director, Center for Nonlinear Studies, Senior Fellow, Theory Division.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor of Physics; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; Member, Center for Advanced Study; and Emeritus Professor of Physics Chemistry and Biophysics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Chair, Section on Physics.

American Institute of Physics

Chairman, Governing Board.

American Physical Society

Member, Council and received 1992 Max Delbruck Prize in Biological Physics.

Aspen Center for Physics

Member, Board of Trustees.

International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics

Chair, Commission of Subcellular and Macromolecular Biophysics.

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

Chair and Member, Commission on Biological Physics.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Chair, Physics Section and Member, Committee on the USSR and Eastern Europe.

National Research Council (U.S.)

Chair and Member, Board on Physics and Astronomy.

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Member, Advisory Committee, Physics Section.

Santa Fe Institute (Santa Fe, N.M.)

Member, Science Board.

United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment

Chair, Advisory Panel on Commercial High-Level Radioactive Waste.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Hans Frauenfelder papers, 1940-1995.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, 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

Physics in industry [sound recording] / 1976 November 8-9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Oral History interview with Robert V. Pound, 2003 May 22 and 23.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Beiträge zur Entwicklung der Physik; Festgabe zum 70. Geburtstag von Professor Paul Scherrer, 3. Februar 1960, hrsg. von H. Frauenfelder, O. Huber und P. Stähelin.

Biological physics : third international symposium, Santa Fe, NM, September 1998 / editors, Hans Frauenfelder, Gerhard Hummer, Roderick Garcia.

Mössbauer effect : recoilless emission and absorption of gamma rays : University of Illinois Allerton House, June 6 and 7, 1960 / edited by Hans Frauenfelder and Harry Lustig.

Subatomic physics [by] Hans Frauenfelder [and] Ernest M. Henley.

The Mössbauer effect; a review, with a collection of reprints.