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Vernon W. Hughes

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Dates

May 28, 1921 – March 25, 2003

Authorized Form of Name

Hughes, Vernon W.

Additional Forms of Names

Hughes, V. W. (Vernon W.)

Hughes, Vernon, 1921-2003

Hughes, Vernon Willard

Biography

Abstract

Vernon Willard Hughes was Sterling Professor of Physics Emeritus at Yale University (1954-2003). Other institutional affiliations included the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University. His research interests included muonium and quantum electrodynamics.

Important Dates

May 28, 1921Birth, Kankakee (Ill.).

1941Obtained AB, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1942Obtained MS, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1942 – 1946Researcher, Radiation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1949 – 1952Lecturer in Physics, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1950Obtained PhD in Physics, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1952 – 1954Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Pennsylvania.

1954 – 2003Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics (1954-1969); Chair, Department of Physics (1961-1969); Donner Professor (1969-1978); Sterling Professor of Physics (1978-1991); and Sterling Professor of Physics Emeritus (1991-2003), Yale University, New Haven (Conn.).

1967Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1968 – 1974Member, Naval Research Advisory Committee, United States Navy.

1970 – 1974Member, Council, American Physical Society.

1978Awarded Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics, American Physical Society.

1978 – 1979Guggenheim Fellow and Visiting Professor, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

1984Visiting I. I. Rabi Professor, Columbia University.

1990Awarded Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society.

March 25, 2003Death, New Haven (Conn.).

Occupation

Atomic physicist.

Places

Birth

Kankakee (Ill.)

Undergraduate Education

New York (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Pasadena (Calif.)

New York (N.Y.)

Employment

New Haven (Conn.)

Death

New Haven (Conn.)

Subjects

Atomic and molecular physics.

Electrons Polarization.

Leptons (Nuclear physics).

Muonium.

Quantum electrodynamics.

Relationships

People

Family

Hughes, Emlyn

Son.

Hughes, Gareth

Son.

Hughes, Inge Michaelson

Wife, married in 1950. Died in 1979.

Hughes, Jean Parr

Mother.

Hughes, Miriam Kartch

Second wife.

Hughes, Willard Vernon

Father.

Advisors & Collaborators

Chance, Britton

Advisor to Hughes while Research Scientist at MIT.

Cooper, Peter Semler

Advised by Hughes at Yale University.

Deng, Huaizhang

Advised by Hughes at Yale University, "Precise measurement of the positive muon anomalous magnetic moment."

Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988

PhD advisor at Columbia University, "The Radiofrequency Spectrum of (RUBIDIUM-85-LABELED) Rubidium-Fluoride and (RUBIDIUM-87-LABELED)-RUBIDIUM Fluoride by the Electric Resonance Method,” and both employed at Columbia University.

Zorn, Jens C.

Advised by Hughes at Yale University, "Experimental limits for the electron-proton charge difference and for the neutron charge."

Colleagues

Adair, Robert K., 1924-

Both employed at Yale University.

Bardeen, James Maxwell, 1939-

Both employed at Yale University.

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

Both employed at Yale University.

Boehm, Felix

Both employed at Columbia University.

Booth, Eugene

Both employed at Columbia University.

Breit, Gregory, 1899-1981

Both employed at Yale University.

Bromley, D. Allan (David Allan), 1926-2005

Both employed at Yale University.

Brown, Harold, 1927-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Callen, Herbert B.

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Casten, R.

Both employed at Yale University.

Davis, Bergen, 1869-1958

Both employed at Columbia University.

Dunning, John R. (John Ray), 1907-1975

Both employed at Columbia University.

Fleury, Paul A.

Both employed at Yale University.

Foley, Henry Michael, 1917-1982

Both employed at Columbia University.

Frosch, Robert A. (Robert Alan), 1928-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Girvin, Steven M.

Both employed at Yale University.

Goldhaber, Gerson

Both employed at Columbia University.

Haroche, S.

Both employed at Yale University.

Henley, Ernest M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Hohenberg, Pierre C.

Both employed at Yale University.

Holt, R. J. (Roy J.)

Both employed at Yale University.

Iachello, F.

Both employed at Yale University.

Jain, Jainendra K.

Both employed at Yale University.

Klein, Martin J.

Both employed at Yale University.

Kraichnan, Robert H., 1928-2008

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kroll, Norman Myles, 1922-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lamb, Willis E. (Willis Eugene), 1913-2008

Both employed at Columbia University and Yale University.

Lebowitz, Joel Louis, 1930-

Both employed at Yale University.

Lederman, Leon M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lee, P. A. (Patrick A.), 1946-

Both employed at Yale University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Pegram, George Braxton, 1876-1958

Both employed at Columbia University.

Pekeris, C. L. (Chaim Leib), 1908-1993

Both employed at Columbia University.

Pines, David, 1924-

Both employed at University of Pennsylvania.

Press, Frank, 1924-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Rainwater, L. James (Leo James), 1917-1986

Both employed at Columbia University.

Read, Nicholas

Both employed at Yale University.

Reppy, John David

Both employed at Yale University.

Ruderman, Malvin A.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Sachs, Allan M. (Allan Maxwell), 1921-1989

Both employed at Columbia University.

Sandweiss, Jack H.

Both employed at Yale University.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Columbia University.

Serber, R. (Robert)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Steinberger, J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Thomas, Llewellyn Hilleth, 1903-1992

Both employed at Columbia University.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Wu, C. S. (Chien-shiung), 1912-1997

Both employed at Columbia University.

Additional

Bennett, William R. (William Ralph), 1904-

Cardman, L. S.

Walecka, John Dirk, 1932-

Institutions

Major Positions

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Obtained AB (1941) and PhD in Physics (1950). Lecturer in Physics and Visiting I. I. Rabi Professor.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Radiation Laboratory

Researcher.

Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Guggenheim Fellow and Visiting Professor.

University of Pennsylvania. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Assistant Professor of Physics.

Yale University. Physics Department

Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics; Chair, Department of Physics; Donner Professor; Sterling Professor of Physics; and Sterling Professor of Physics Emeritus.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Member, Council and received 1978 Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics and 1990 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics.

California Institute of Technology. Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

Obtained MS (1942).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

United States. Naval Research Advisory Committee

Member.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Gravity Research Foundation essays and abstracts, 1949-2015.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Gregory Breit Symposium [sound recording], 1968 May 3.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Lillian Hoddeson addition to papers, 1913-2006.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interviews. High-Energy Physics. Selected Experiments: SLAC-E-122, 1989.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Larry S. Cardman and J. Dirk Walecka, 2013 August 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with William R. Bennett, 1987 October 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

A Festschrift in honor of Vernon W. Hughes : Yale University, 13 April 1991 / edited by Michael E. Zeller.

Atomic and electron physics. Edited by Vernon W. Hughes and Howard L. Schultz.

Facets of physics / Edited by D. Allan Bromley and Vernon W. Hughes.

The Gregory Breit Centennial Symposium : Yale University, USA / editors, Vernon W. Hughes, Francesco Iachello, Dimitri Kusnezov.

The meson factories / Torleif E.O. Ericson, Vernon W. Hughes, and Darragh E. Nagle.

Subject

"Vernon Willard Hughes: 1921-2003", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Vernon Willard Hughes Physics Today obituary.