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

Albert Warner Overhauser

Photo

Dates

August 17, 1925 – December 10, 2011

Authorized Form of Name

Overhauser, Albert Warner, 1925-

Biography

Abstract

Albert Overhauser was Stuart Distinguished Professor of Physics at Purdue University (1974-2011). Other institutional affiliations included Ford Motor Company and Cornell University. His research interests included many-electron theory, transport theory, and neutron interferometry.

Important Dates

August 17, 1925Birth, San Diego (Calif.).

1948Obtained AB, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1951Obtained PhD in Physics, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1951 – 1953Research Associate, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

1953 – 1958Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1958 – 1973Supervisor, Solid State Physics (1958-1962); Manager, Mathematical and Theoretical Sciences (1962-1969); Assistant Director, Physical Science Laboratory (1969-19792); and Director, Physical Science Laboratory (1972-1973), Ford Motor Company, Dearborn (Mich.).

1973 – 2011Professor of Physics (1973-1974) and Stuart Distinguished Professor of Physics (1974-2011), Purdue University, West Lafayette (Ind.).

1975Awarded Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize, American Physical Society.

1976Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1994Awarded National Medal of Science.

December 10, 2011Death, West Lafayette (Ind.).

Occupation

Solid state physicist.

Places

Birth

San Diego (Calif.)

Undergraduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Graduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Dearborn (Mich.)

West Lafayette (Ind.)

Death

West Lafayette (Ind.)

Subjects

Condensed matter.

Nuclear spin.

Solid state physics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Hopfield, John J.

Advised by Overhauser at Cornell University on quantum theory of crystals.

Kittel, Charles

PhD advisor at University of California, Berkeley, "Studies in the Electron Theory of Metals."

Colleagues

Abrahams, Elihu

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Almy, Gerald Marks, 1904-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bardeen, John

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Baym, Gordon

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005

Both employed at Cornell University.

Chew, Geoffrey F.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Corson, Dale R.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Dresselhaus, M. S.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Dyson, Freeman J.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Frauenfelder, Hans, 1922-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Greisen, Kenneth

Both employed at Cornell University.

Kerst, Donald William, 1911-1993

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kinoshita, T. (Toichiro)

Both employed at Cornell University.

Krumhansl, J. A. (James A.)

Both employed at Cornell University.

Lazarus, David, 1921-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

McDaniel, Boyce D. (Boyce Dawkins), 1917-

Both employed at Cornell University.

Morrison, Philip

Both employed at Cornell University.

Pines, David, 1924-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Sessler, A. M. (Andrew Marienhoff)

Both employed at Cornell University.

Slichter, Charles P.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Wheatley, John Charles

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000

Both employed at Cornell University.

Additional

Cohen, Morrel H.

Loeb, Leonard B. (Leonard Benedict), 1891-

Institutions

Major Positions

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics.

Ford Motor Company

Supervisor, Solid State Physics; Manager, Mathematical and Theoretical Sciences; Assistant Director, Physical Science Laboratory; and Director, Physical Science Laboratory.

Purdue University. Department of Physics

Professor of Physics and Stuart Distinguished Professor of Physics.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Physics

Research Associate.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1975 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Physics

Obtained AB (1948) and PhD (1951).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Oral history interview with Albert Warner Overhauser, 1982 February 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Charles P. Slichter, 1977 April 29.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Charles Slichter, 2005 March 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Morrel H. Cohen, 1981 March 31 and June 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

"Albert W. Overhauser (1925-2011)," Angewandte Chemie 51 (2012): 4780-4781.

Albert Overhauser Purdue University profile.

Albert Warner Overhauser Physics Today obituary.