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Biography

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Ivar Giaever

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Dates

April 5, 1929 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Giaever, Ivar

Additional Forms of Names

Giaever, Ivar, 1929-

Biography

Abstract

Ivar Giaever is Founder and President of Applied BioPhysics, Inc. (1993-present). Other institutional affiliations include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and General Electric Company. His research interests include semiconductors and superconductors.

Important Dates

April 5, 1929Birth, Bergen (Norway).

1952Obtained ME, Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim (Norway).

1953Maintenance Engineer, Norwegian Army.

1954Patent Examiner, Government of Norway.

1954 – 1956Engineer, Advanced Engineering Program, Canadian General Electric Company.

1956 – 1988Applied Mathematician (1956-1958) and Researcher (1958-1988), Research and Development Center, General Electric Company, Schenectady (N.Y.).

1964Obtained PhD in Theoretical Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy (N.Y.).

1965Awarded Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize, American Physical Society.

1969 – 1970Guggenheim Fellow, Cambridge University.

1973Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics with Reona Esaki "for their experimental discoveries regarding tunneling phenomena in semiconductors and superconductors, respectively".

1974Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1975Visiting Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

1988 – presentProfessor-at-large, University of Oslo (Universitetet i Oslo).

1988 – presentInstitute Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy (N.Y.).

1993 – presentFounder and President, Applied BioPhysics, Inc, Troy (N.Y.).

Occupation

Condensed matter physicist.

Places

Birth

Bergen (Norway)

Undergraduate Education

Trondheim (Norway)

Graduate Education

Troy (N.Y.)

Employment

Schenectady (N.Y.)

Troy (N.Y.)

Subjects

Biophysics.

Condensed matter.

Semiconductors.

Superconductors.

Relationships

People

Family

Giaever, Inger Skramstad

Wife, married 1952.

Advisors & Collaborators

Esaki, Reona, 1925-

Shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics "for their experimental discoveries regarding tunneling phenomena in semiconductors and superconductors, respectively."

Colleagues

Apker, LeRoy Woodard

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Bean, Charles P., 1923-1996

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Cahn, John W., 1928-

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Coolidge, William David, 1873-1975

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Duke, Charles B.

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Edelheit, Lewis

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Ehrlich, Gert

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Hull, Albert Wallace, 1880-1966

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Mahan, Gerald D.

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Price, Paul Buford

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Schmitt, Roland W.

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Suits, C. Guy (Chauncey Guy), 1905-1991

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Watkins, George D.

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Webb, M. B. (Maurice Barnett), 1926-

Both employed at General Electric Company.

Additional

Harrison, Walter A. (Walter Ashley), 1930-

Josephson, B. D. (Brian David), 1940-

Awarded 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics for a separate project.

Institutions

Major Positions

Applied BioPhysics, Inc.

Founder and President.

Canadian General Electric Company

Engineer, Advanced Engineering Program.

General Electric Company. Research and Development Center

Researcher.

General Electric Company. Research Laboratory

Applied Mathematician and Researcher.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy

Obtained PhD in Theoretical Physics (1964). Institute Professor.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Visiting Professor.

Universitetet i Oslo. Department of Physics

Professor-at-large.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1965 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Norges tekniske høgskole

Obtained ME (1952).

University of Cambridge. Department of Physics

Guggenheim Fellow.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Video Interviews with Nobel Prize Winners in Physics, 2004-2006.

Sussex Innovation Centre, Science Park Square

Vega Science Trust

Brighton BN1 9SB, England UK

Subject

Alfred Leitner collection on low temperature superconductivity and optics [motion pictures], 1963-1982.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Ceremonial session [sound recording], 1965 March 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

The history of superconductivity from its discovery by Kammerlingh Onnes in 1911 [sound recording], 2011 March 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Walter A. Harrison Tunneling into Physics, 2015.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

Nobel Prize Biography