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Published as AuthorPublished as Subject

M. C. Gutzwiller



October 12, 1925 – March 3, 2014

Authorized Form of Name

Gutzwiller, M. C. (Martin C.)

Additional Forms of Names

Gutzwiller, Martin C.



Martin C. Gutzwiller was a Researcher at Thomas J. Watson Research Center for International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) (1960-2014). Other institutional affiliations included Shell Oil Company. His research interests included complex systems and quantum theory.

Important Dates

October 12, 1925Birth, Basel (Switzerland).

1950Obtained Diploma, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, Zurich (Switzerland).

1950 – 1951Engineer in Microwave Transmission, Brown-Boveri, Baden.

1953Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Kansas, Lawrence (Kan.).

1953 – 1960Physicist, Exploration and Production Research Laboratory, Shell Oil Company.

1960 – 1963Physicist, Research Division, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), Zurich.

1963 – 1993Adjunct Professor of Physics, Columbia University.

1963 – 2014Researcher, Thomas J. Watson Research Center (1963-1993); Director, General Sciences Department (1974-1977); and Researcher Emeritus (1993-2014), International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), Armonk (N.Y.).

1973 – 1974Visiting Profesor, Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, Zurich.

1986Visiting Professor, University of Paris, Orsay.

1987 – 1993Vice-Chair, Committee on Mathematical Physics, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

1992Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1993Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1993Awarded Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, American Physical Society.

1993 – 2014Adjunct Professor of Physics, Yale University.

March 3, 2014Death, Rio Rancho (N.M.).


Theoretical physicist.



Basel (Switzerland)

Undergraduate Education

Zurich (Switzerland)

Graduate Education

Lawrence (Kan.)


Armonk (N.Y.)


Rio Rancho (N.M.)


Field theory (Physics).

Mathematical physics.

Quantum theory.

Theoretical physics.



Advisors & Collaborators

Dresden, Max, 1918-

Advised by Gutzwiller at University of Kansas.


Anderson, A. G. (Arthur George), 1926-

Both employed at IBM.

Armstrong, J. A. (John A.)

Both employed at IBM.

Awschalom, D. (David)

Both employed at IBM.

Branscomb, Lewis M., 1926-

Both employed at IBM.

Brewer, Richard G.

Both employed at IBM.

Chang, Leroy L.

Both employed at IBM.

Chaudhari, Praveen, 1937-

Both employed at IBM.

Dolan, Gerald

Both employed at IBM.

Eastman, Dean E. (Dean Eric)

Both employed at IBM.

Esaki, Reona, 1925-

Both employed at IBM.

Fang, Frank F.

Both employed at IBM.

Garwin, Richard L.

Both employed at IBM.

Hellman, Frances

Both employed at IBM.

Himpsel, F. J.

Both employed at IBM.

Horn, Paul (Paul M.)

Both employed at IBM.

Kirtley, John R.

Both employed at IBM.

Kryder, Mark H.

Both employed at IBM.

Landauer, Rolf William, 1927-1999

Both employed at IBM.

Lang, Norton D.

Both employed at IBM.

Louie, Steven G., 1949-

Both employed at IBM.

Mandelbrot, Benoît B.

Both employed at IBM.

McGroddy, James C.

Both employed at IBM.

Meyerson, B.

Both employed at IBM.

Montroll, E. W.

Both employed at IBM.

Pinczuk, Aron

Both employed at IBM.

Piore, Emanuel Ruben, 1908-2000

Both employed at IBM.

Prager, William, 1903-1980

Both employed at IBM.

Sorokin, Peter P.

Both employed at IBM.

Stiles, Phillip J.

Both employed at IBM.

Tersoff, J.

Both employed at IBM.

Thomas, Llewellyn Hilleth, 1903-1992

Both employed at Thomas J. Watson IBM Research Center.

Tromp, R. M.

Both employed at IBM.

Tsuei, Chang C.

Both employed at IBM.

Webb, R. A. (Richard Alan)

Both employed at IBM.


Major Positions

Brown Boveri Corporation

Engineer in Microwave Transmission.

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Adjunct Professor of Physics.

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. Departement Physik

Obtained Diploma and Visiting Professor.

IBM Research

Physicist, Research Division, IBM Zurich; Director, General Sciences Department; and Researcher Emeritus.

Shell Exploration & Production


Thomas J. Watson IBM Research Center


Université Paris-Sud

Visiting Professor.

Yale University. Physics Department

Adjunct Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences


American Physical Society

Received 1993 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics.

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

Vice-Chair, Committee on Mathematical Physics.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)


University of Kansas. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained PhD in Physics (1953).


Published Resources


Chaos in classical and quantum mechanics / Martin C. Gutzwiller.

The interplay between classical and quantum mechanics / edited by Martin C. Gutzwiller.


Martin Charles Gutzwiller Physics Today obituary.