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Biography

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Charles W. Misner

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Dates

June 13, 1932 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Misner, Charles W.

Biography

Abstract

Charles Misner is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Senior Research Scientist at University of Maryland (2000-present). Other institutional affiliations include Princeton University. His research interests include general relativity and numerical relativity.

Important Dates

June 13, 1932Birth, Jackson (Mich.).

1952Obtained BA, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (Ind.).

1954Obtained MA, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1956 – 1963Instructor in Physics (1956-1959) and Assistant Professor of Physics (1959-1963), Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1957Obtained PhD in Physics, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1963 – presentAssociate Professor of Physics and Astronomy (1963-1966); Professor of Physics (1966-2000); Associate Chair, Department of Physics (1995-1999); and Professor Emeritus of Physics and Senior Research Scientist (2000-present), University of Maryland, College Park (Md.).

1966 – 1967National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow, Cambridge University.

1967Senior Fellow, Niels Bohr Institute.

1972Visiting Professor, California Institute of Technology.

1980 – 1981Visiting Scientist, Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara.

1994Awarded Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, American Physical Society.

2000 – 2001Visitor, Albert Einstein Institute of the Max Planck Society.

Occupation

Theoretical physicist.

Places

Birth

Jackson (Mich.)

Undergraduate Education

Notre Dame (Ind.)

Graduate Education

Princeton (N.J.)

Employment

Princeton (N.J.)

College Park (Md.)

Subjects

General relativity (Physics).

Theoretical physics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Thorne, Kip S.

Co-wrote "Gravitation."

Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008

PhD advisor at Princeton University, "Outline of Feynman Quantization of General Relativity; Derivation of Field Equations; Vanishing of the Hamiltonian"; both employed at Princeton University; and co-wrote "Gravitation."

Colleagues

Bargmann, V. (Valentine), 1908-1989

Both employed at Princeton University.

Bleakney, Walker, 1901-1992

Both employed at Princeton University.

Cronin, James W., 1931-2016

Both employed at Princeton University.

Davidson, Ronald C.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Dicke, Robert H. (Robert Henry)

Both employed at Princeton University.

Drake, James (James F.)

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Fisher, Michael E. (Michael Ellis)

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Fitch, Val L., 1923-2015

Both employed at Princeton University.

Gates, S. James

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Goldberger, Marvin L.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Griem, Hans R.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Jain, Jainendra K.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Langenberg, D. N., 1932-

Both employed at University of Maryland.

McGroddy, James C.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Phillips, William D. (William Daniel), 1948-

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Pines, David, 1924-

Both employed at Princeton University.

Sagdeev, R. Z.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Shenstone, A. G. (Allen Goodrich)

Both employed at Princeton University.

Smyth, Henry De Wolf, 1898-1986

Both employed at Princeton University.

Treiman, Sam B.

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wald, Robert M.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Warburton, Ernest Keeling

Both employed at Princeton University.

Webb, R. A. (Richard Alan)

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Weiss, Rainer

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wightman, A. S. (Arthur Strong), 1922-2013

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995

Both employed at Princeton University.

Williams, Ellen D.

Both employed at University of Maryland.

Additional

Deser, S. (Stanley)

Dyson, Freeman J.

Everett, Hugh

Finkelstein, David Ritz, 1929-

Goldberg, Joshua N.

Rees, Martin J., 1942-

Institutions

Major Positions

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Obtained MA (1954) and PhD (1957). Instructor in Physics; and Assistant Professor of Physics.

University of Maryland at College Park. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Professor of Physics; Associate Chair, Department of Physics; and Professor Emeritus of Physics and Senior Research Scientist.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1994 Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics.

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

Visiting Professor.

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften

Visitor, Albert Einstein Institute.

Niels Bohr institutet

Senior Fellow.

University of California, Santa Barbara. Institute for Theoretical Physics

Visiting Scientist.

University of Cambridge. Department of Physics

National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow.

University of Notre Dame. Department of Physics

Obtained BA (1952).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Charles Misner lecture notes on general relativity, circa 1955.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Charles W. Misner papers, 1966-1969.

Hornbake Library. Archives and Manuscripts Department

University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742, USA

Entropy in cosmology, [undated].

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Hugh Everett papers, 1953-1989.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Charles Misner, 1989 April 3.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Charles W. Misner, 2001 May 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Hugh Everett, 1977 May.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with David Finkelstein, 2013 February 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Joshua Goldberg, 2011 March 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Martin J. Rees, 2002 May 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Martin Rees, 1988 March 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Stanley Deser, 2011 March 12.

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American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Gravitation [by] Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne [and] John Archibald Wheeler.