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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Published as Subject

Robert H. Kraichnan

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Dates

January 15, 1928 – February 26, 2008

Authorized Form of Name

Kraichnan, Robert H., 1928-2008

Additional Forms of Names

Kraichnan, R.H. (Robert Harry)

Kraichnan, R.H., 1928-2008

Biography

Abstract

Robert H. Kraichnan was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University (2003-2008). Other institutional affiliations included Los Alamos National Laboratory at National Aeronautics and Space Administration. His research interests included turbulent flow and general relativity.

Important Dates

January 15, 1928Birth, Philadelphia (Pa.).

1947Obtained BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1949Obtained PhD in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1949 – 1950Member and Assistant to Albert Einstein, Institute for Advanced Study.

1950 – 1952Member, Technical Staff, Bell Telephone Laboratories.

1952 – 1956Research Associate, Electronics Research Laboratory, Columbia University.

1956 – 1962Member, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (1956-1959) and Senior Research Scientist (1959-1962), New York University.

1957 – 1959Consultant, Naval Research Laboratory, United States Navy.

1960 – 2008Associate in Physics, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

1961 – 2008Consultant, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1962 – 2008Consultant, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

1997Awarded Lars Onsager Prize, American Physical Society.

2000Member, National Academy of Sciences.

2003 – 2008Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University.

February 26, 2008Death, Santa Fe (N.M.).

Occupation

Theoretical physicist.

Places

Birth

Philadelphia (Pa.)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

New York (N.Y.)

Death

Santa Fe (N.M.)

Subjects

General relativity (Physics).

Quantum field theory.

Theoretical physics.

Turbulence.

Relationships

People

Family

Gebhardt, Carol

First wife. Divorced.

Kraichnan, John

Son.

Moore-Kraichnan, Judy

Second wife.

Advisors & Collaborators

Feshbach, Herman

PhD advisor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), “Relativistic Scattering of Pseudoscalar Mesons by Nucleons.”

Colleagues

Anderson, P. W. (Philip W.), 1923-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Ashkin, Arthur, 1922-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Balluffi, R. W.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Bardeen, John

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Bederson, Benjamin

Both employed at New York University.

Bode, Hendrik W. (Hendrik Wade), 1905-1982

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Boehm, Felix

Both employed at Columbia University.

Booth, Eugene

Both employed at Columbia University.

Brattain, Walter H. (Walter Houser), 1902-1987

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Both employed at Columbia University.

Brueckner, Keith A.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Buckley, Oliver Ellsworth, 1887-1959

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Case, Kenneth M.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Charney, Jule G.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Clogston, Albert McCavour

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Conwell, Esther M. (Esther Marley), 1922-2014

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Courant, Richard, 1888-1972

Both employed at New York University.

Cutler, Cassius Chapin

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Darlington, Sidney, 1906-1997

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

David, Edward E.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Davis, Bergen, 1869-1958

Both employed at Columbia University.

DeWitt, Bryce S. (Bryce Seligman), 1923-2004

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Dyson, Freeman J.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study. Kraichnan was Assistant to Albert Einstein.

Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Foley, Henry Michael, 1917-1982

Both employed at Columbia University.

Friedrichs, K. O. (Kurt Otto), 1901-1983

Both employed at New York University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Galt, John Kirtland, 1920-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Geballe, Theodore H.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Glauber, Roy J., 1925-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Goldhaber, Gerson

Both employed at Columbia University.

Grad, Harold, 1923-

Both employed at New York University.

Hagstrum, Homer D.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Henley, Ernest M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Herring, William Conyers, 1914-

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Hughes, Vernon W.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Javan, Ali, 1926-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kelly, Mervin Joe

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kinoshita, T. (Toichiro)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kittel, Charles

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kompfner, Rudolf, 1909-1977

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Kroll, Norman Myles, 1922-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study and Columbia University.

Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lander, James J., 1914-1996

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Lee, T. D., 1926-

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Institute for Advanced Study.

Luttinger, Joaquin M.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Matthias, Bernd T., 1918-1980

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Merzbacher, Eugen

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Morse, Marston, 1892-1977

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Moser, Jürgen, 1928-

Both employed at New York University.

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Pegram, George Braxton, 1876-1958

Both employed at Columbia University.

Pfann, William G.

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Press, Frank, 1924-

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Ruderman, Malvin A.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Serber, R. (Robert)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Shockley, William, 1910-1989

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Steinberger, J.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Suhl, Harry

Both employed at Bell Telephone Laboratories.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Watson, Kenneth M.

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Yang, Chen Ning, 1922-

Both employed at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Institutions

Major Positions

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Member, Technical staff.

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Research Associate, Electronics Research Laboratory.

Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences

Member.

Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.)

Member and Assistant to Albert Einstein.

Johns Hopkins University. School of Engineering

Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

New York University. Department of Physics

Senior Research Scientist.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Associate in Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1997 Lars Onsager Prize.

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Consultant.

Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory

Consultant.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics

Obtained BS (1947) and PhD in Physics (1949).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Consultant.

United States. Office of Naval Research

Consultant.

Resources

Published Resources

Subject

Robert Harry Kraichnan Physics Today obituary.

Robert Kraichnan New York Times obituary.