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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

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Archival as SubjectPublished as Subject

C. L. Pekeris

Photo

Dates

June 15, 1908 – February 24, 1993

Authorized Form of Name

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

Additional Forms of Names

Pekeris, Chaim Leib, 1908-1993

פקריס, חיים לייב,, 1908-1993

Biography

Abstract

Chaim Pekeris was Distinguished Institute Professor at Weizmann Institute of Science (1973-1993). Other institutional affiliations included Columbia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His research interests included seismology, underwater sound, atomic spectroscopy, hydrodynamics, electromagnetic wave propagation, applied mathematics, and stellar hydrodynamics.

Important Dates

June 15, 1908Birth, Alytus (Lithuania).

1928Obtained BS in Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1933Obtained ScD in Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1934 – 1935Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation.

1935 – 1936Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University.

1936 – 1941Associate Geophysicist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1941 – 1950Researcher, Hudson Laboratories, Division of War Research (1941-1945) and Director, Mathematical Physics Group (1945-1950), Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1950 – 1993Professor of Applied Mathematics (1950-1973) and Distinguished Institute Professor (1973-1993), Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot (Israel).

1952Member, National Academy of Sciences.

February 24, 1993Death, Rehovot (Israel).

Occupation

Geophysicist.

Places

Birth

Alytus (Lithuania)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Cambridge (Mass.)

New York (N.Y.)

Rehovot (Israel)

Death

Rehovot (Israel)

Subjects

Applied mathematics.

Electromagnetic waves.

Geophysics.

Hydrodynamics.

Seismology.

Underwater acoustics.

Relationships

People

Family

Pekeris, Haaya Rievel

Mother.

Pekeris, Leah Kaplan

Wife.

Pekeris, Samuel

Father.

Advisors & Collaborators

Rossby, Carl-Gustaf

PhD advisor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), "The development and present status of the theory of the heat balance in the atmosphere."

Colleagues

Bitter, Francis, 1902-1967

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Booth, Eugene

Both employed at Columbia University.

Compton, K. T. (Karl Taylor), 1887-1954

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Foley, Henry Michael, 1917-1982

Both employed at Columbia University.

Goldhaber, Gerson

Both employed at Columbia University.

Hughes, Vernon W.

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.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Nierenberg, William Aaron, 1919-2000

Both employed at Columbia University.

Pegram, George Braxton, 1876-1958

Both employed at Columbia University.

Primakoff, H. (Henry), 1914-1983

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

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

Both employed at Columbia University.

Slichter, Louis B. (Louis Byrne), 1896-1978

Both employed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Spitzer, Lyman, 1914-1997

Both employed at Columbia University.

Szilard, Leo

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.

Institutions

Major Positions

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Director, Mathematical Physics Group.

Columbia University. Division of War Research

Researcher, Hudson Laboratories.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Geology and Geophysics

Associate Geophysicist.

Weizmann Institute of Science

Professor of Applied Mathematics and Distinguished Institute Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Meteorology

Obtained BSc in Meteorology (1928) and ScD in Meteorology (1933).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Rockefeller Foundation

Fellow.

University of Cambridge

Visiting Fellow.

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

Videotaped interviews for documentary, Reflections of Einstein,

Long Island University, Brooklyn Center

In Walter Glickman's possession

Brooklyn, N.Y.11201 USA

Published Resources

Subject

"Chaim Leib Pekeris: 1908-1993", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences