Menu ☰

Back to Top

Physics History Network

Over 1000 biographies of physicists and histories of institutions with information pertaining to their lives, careers, and research.

Tip: Search within this page by using Ctrl + F or ⌘ + F


Search Our Catalogs

Archives Books

Collections

Emilio Segré Visual Archives Digital Collections Oral Histories Archival Finding Aids Physics History Network

Preservation and Support

Donating Materials Saving Archival Collections Grants to Archives Documentation Projects History Newsletters

Center for History of Physics

Scholarship & Outreach

Main Navigation

HomeAboutTopic GuidesFeedback

Table of Contents

Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Archival as AuthorArchival as SubjectPublished as Subject

Theodore David Holstein

Photo

Dates

September 18, 1915 – May 8, 1985

Authorized Form of Name

Holstein, Theodore David, 1915-1985

Additional Forms of Names

Holstein, Ted, 1915-1985

Biography

Abstract

Theodore David Holstein was Professor of Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles (1965-1985). Other institutional affiliations included University of Pittsburgh and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. His research interests included solid-state physics and quantum spin wave dynamics.

Important Dates

September 18, 1915Birth, New York (N.Y.).

1935Obtained BS, New York University, New York (N.Y.).

1936Obtained MA, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1940Obtained PhD in Physics, New York University, New York (N.Y.).

1941Instructor in Physics, College of the City of New York. City College, New York (N.Y.).

1941 – 1960Fellow, Research Laboratories (1941-1942); Research Physicist (1942-1949); Advisory Physicist (1949-1952); and Consulting Physicist (1952-1960), Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1945 – 1949Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1960 – 1965Professor of Physics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1965 – 1985Professor of Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles (Calif.).

1981Member, National Academy of Sciences.

May 8, 1985Death.

Occupation

Solid state physicist.

Places

Birth

New York (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

New York (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

New York (N.Y.)

Employment

Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Los Angeles (Calif.)

Subjects

Atomic and molecular physics.

Quantum theory.

Solid state physics.

Spin waves.

Relationships

People

Family

Holstein, Beverlee

Wife.

Holstein, Lonna

Daughter.

Holstein, Stuart

Son.

Advisors & Collaborators

Arnold, Gerald Boyd, 1946-

Advised by Holstein at University of California, Los Angeles, "Phase boundary of a dirty superconductor, superconducting proximity effect, Faraday rotation of the small polaron, and nonadiabatic two-sited hopping of the small polaron."

Halpern, Otto, 1899-

PhD advisor at New York University, "Passage of neutrons through ferromagnetic media."

Turkevich, Leonid

Advised by Holstein while post-doc at University of California, Los Angeles.

Colleagues

Bargmann, V. (Valentine), 1908-1989

Both employed at University of Pittsburgh.

Biondi, Manfred Anthony, 1924-

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation and University of Pittsburgh.

Chaikin, Paul M.

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Chen, Francis F., 1929-

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Chodorow, Marvin

Both employed at City College of New York.

Cohen, Bernard Leonard, 1924-

Both employed at University of Pittsburgh.

Condon, Edward Uhler, 1902-1974

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.

Dawson, J. M. (John Myrick), 1930-

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Donahue, Thomas M.

Both employed at University of Pittsburgh.

Drake, James (James F.)

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Frazer, Benjamin Chalmers

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Goodenough, John B.

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Hofstadter, Robert, 1915-1990

Both employed at City College of New York.

Hulm, John K.

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Kennel, Charles F., 1939-

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Mullins, William W.

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Pake, G. E. (George Edward)

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Rudnick, Isadore, 1917-

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Schulz, George J., 1925-

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Shirane, G.

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Slepian, Joseph, 1891-

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Wetherill, George West

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Wheatley, John Charles

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Zinn, Walter H. (Walter Henry), 1906-2000

Both employed at City College of New York.

Additional

Fisher, Leon H. (Leon Harold), 1918-

Phelps, Arthur V. (Arthur Van Rensselaer), 1923-

Varney, Robert N.

Waymouth, John F., 1926-

Institutions

Major Positions

College of the City of New York (1926-1961). City College. Physics Department

Instructor.

University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Physics

Professor of Physics.

University of Pittsburgh. Department of Physics

Lecturer and Professor of Physics.

Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company

Fellow, Research Laboratories and Research Physicist.

Westinghouse Electric Corporation

Research Physicist; Advisory Physicist; and Consulting Physicist.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Obtained MA (1936).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

New York University. Department of Physics

Obtained BS (1935) and PhD in Physics (1940).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Theodore D. Holstein papers, 1940-1990 (bulk 1965-1986).

University Research Library. Department of Special Collections

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA 90024-1575, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Arthur V. Phelps, 2008 October 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John F. Waymouth, 2008 October 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Leon H. Fisher and Robert N. Varney, 2008 July 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Manfred Biondi, 2008 August 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

Theodore David Holstein Physics Today obituary.