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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Archival as SubjectPublished as Author

Robert Novick

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Dates

May 3, 1923 – May 6, 2007

Authorized Form of Name

Novick, Robert

Biography

Abstract

Robert Novick was Professor Emeritus of Physics at Columbia University (1993-2007). Other institutional affiliations included the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research interests included atomic physics, collisions and frequency standards, quantum electronics, nuclear moments, and x-ray astronomy.

Important Dates

May 3, 1923Birth, New York (N.Y.).

1944Obtained ME, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken (N.J.).

1946 – 1947Microwave Engineer, Wheeler Laboratories, Inc.

1949Obtained MS, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken (N.J.).

1954 – 1957Research Associate (1954-1957) and Adjunct Assistant Professor (1955-1957), Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1955Obtained PhD in Physics, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1957 – 1960Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

1960 – 2007Associate Professor of Physics (1960-1962); Director, Columbia Radiation Laboratory (1960-1968); Professor of Physics (1962-1993); Co-Director, Astrophysics Laboratory (1968-1992); Chair, Department of Physics (1983-1988); and Professor Emeritus of Physics (1993-2007), Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1962 – 1965Member, Advisory Panel on Physics, National Science Foundation.

1964 – 1965Chair, Subpanel on Atomic and Molecular Physics, National Academy of Sciences.

1966 – 1969Member, Advisory Panel to the National Bureau of Standards Atomic Physics Division, National Academy of Sciences.

May 6, 2007Death.

Occupation

Atomic physicist.

Places

Birth

New York (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Hoboken (N.J.)

New York (N.Y.)

Employment

New York (N.Y.)

Subjects

Atomic and molecular physics.

Quantum electronics.

X-ray astronomy.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

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

PhD advisor at Columbia University, "Fine structure of singly ionized helium."

Colleagues

Almy, Gerald Marks, 1904-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bardeen, John

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Booth, Eugene

Both employed at Columbia University.

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Both employed at Columbia University.

Chew, Geoffrey F.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Christ, Norman

Both employed at Columbia University.

Cummins, Herman Z., 1933-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Davis, Bergen, 1869-1958

Both employed at Columbia University.

Devons, Samuel

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Feinberg, Gerald, 1933-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Foley, Henry Michael, 1917-1982

Both employed at Columbia University.

Frauenfelder, Hans, 1922-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ginsberg, Donald M.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Guth, Alan H.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Happer, William, 1939-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Henley, Ernest M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Jackson, John David, 1925-2016

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Javan, Ali, 1926-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kahn, Steven Michael

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kerst, Donald William, 1911-1993

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kinoshita, T. (Toichiro)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kroll, Norman Myles, 1922-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lazarus, David, 1921-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lederman, Leon M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lee, T. D., 1926-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Lieb, Elliott H.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Loomis, F. W. (Francis Wheeler), 1889-1976

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Luttinger, Joaquin M.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Mandelstam, Stanley

Both employed at Columbia University.

Nagamiya, S. (Shoji)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Nygren, David R.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Peoples, John, Jr.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Press, Frank, 1924-

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Ruderman, Malvin A.

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Samios, Nicholas P.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Schrieffer, J. R. (John Robert), 1931-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Schwartz, Melvin, 1932-2006

Both employed at Columbia University.

Sciulli, Frank J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Serber, R. (Robert)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Simmons, Ralph Oliver

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Slichter, Charles P.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Steinberger, J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Thomas, Llewellyn Hilleth, 1903-1992

Both employed at Columbia University.

Ting, S. C. C. (Samuel Chao-chung), 1936-

Both employed at Columbia University.

Townes, Charles H.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Weinberg, Erick J.

Both employed at Columbia University.

Wheatley, John Charles

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Wick, G. C. (Gian Carlo)

Both employed at Columbia University.

Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Institutions

Major Positions

Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory (Columbia University)

Co-Director.

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1955). Department Chair; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; Professor Emeritus of Physics; and Director, Radiation Laboratory.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Chair, Subpanel on Atomic and Molecular Physics; and Member. Advisory Panel to the National Bureau of Standards Atomic Physics Division.

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Member, Advisory Panel on Physics.

Stevens Institute of Technology

Obtained ME (1944) and MS (1949).

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

Columbia University Department of Physics records, 1870-1983 (bulk 1940-1970).

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Columbia University

Butler Library, 6th Floor East, New York, NY 10027, USA

Published Resources

Author

Thirty years since parity nonconservation : a symposium for T.D. Lee / edited by Robert Novick.