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Robert C. Richardson

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Dates

June 26, 1937 – February 19, 2013

Authorized Form of Name

Richardson, Robert C. (Robert Coleman), 1937-2013

Additional Forms of Names

Richardson, Robert C., 1937-2013

Richardson, Robert Coleman, 1937-2013

Biography

Abstract

Robert Richardson was Senior Vice Provost for Research Emeritus at Cornell University (2008-2013). His research interests included low temperature helium research, nuclear magnetic resonance, and cryogenics. In 1996, Richardson, David M. Lee, and Douglas D. Osheroff were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics "for their discovery of superfluidity in helium-3."

Important Dates

June 26, 1937 – February 19, 2013Birth, Washington (D.C.).

1958Obtained BS in Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg (Va.).

1960Obtained MS in Physics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg (Va.).

1966Obtained PhD in Physics, Duke University, Durham (N.C.).

1966 – 2013Research Associate (1966-1967); Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics (1968-1987); F. R. Newman Professor of Physics (1987-2013); Director, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (1990-1996); Vice Provost for Research (1998-2004); Senior Vice Provost for Research (2004-2007); Senior Science Advisor to the President and the Provost (2007); and Senior Vice Provost for Research Emeritus (2008-2013), Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1979 – 1984Member (1979-1984) and Chair (1981-1984), Commission C-5 (Very Low Temperatures), International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

1981Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

1981Awarded Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize, American Physical Society.

1983Fellow, American Physical Society.

1984Visiting Scientist, Bell Laboratories.

1986Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1989 – 1992Chair, Physics Section, National Academy of Sciences.

1994 – 2004Member (1994-2004) and Vice Chair (1997-2004), Board on Physics and Astronomy, National Research Council.

1995Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1995Chair, Division of Condensed Matter Physics, American Physical Society.

1996Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics with David M. Lee and Douglas D. Osheroff for the "discovery of superfluidity in helium-3".

1997 – 1999Vice Chair US Liaison Committee, Commission C-5 (Very Low Temperatures), International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

1997 – 2003Member (1997-2003) and Member, Executive Committee (2001-2003), Board of Trustees, Duke University.

1998 – 2004Member (1998-2004) and Member, Executive Committee (2000-2004), National Science Board.

1998 – 2007Member, Board of Directors, Brookhaven Science Associates.

1999 – 2002Chair, Physics Planning Committee, American Physical Society.

2000 – 2004At Large Member, Commission C-5 (Very Low Temperatures), International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.

2000 – 2004Member, Board of Directors, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

2000 – 2005Secretary (2000-2003) and Chair (2003-2005), Class I (Mathematical and Physical Sciences), National Academy of Sciences.

2002 – 2004Member, Executive Committee for Senior Research Officers, American Association of Universities.

February 19, 2013Death, Ithaca (N.Y.).

Occupation

Low temperature physicist.

Places

Birth

Washington (D.C.)

Undergraduate Education

Blacksburg (Va.)

Graduate Education

Blacksburg (Va.)

Durham (N.C.)

Employment

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Death

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Subjects

Low temperatures.

Nuclear magnetic resonance.

Superfluidity.

Relationships

People

Family

Merlis, Jennifer, 1965-

Daughter.

Richardson, Addie Ann, 1939-

Sister.

Richardson, Betty McCarthy

Wife. Married in 1962.

Richardson, Lois Price

Mother.

Richardson, Pamela, 1966-1994

Daughter.

Richardson, Robert Franklin

Father.

Advisors & Collaborators

Lee, David M.

Received 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics along with Douglas D. Osheroff for discovery of superfluidity in helium-3, and both employed at Cornell University.

Osheroff, Douglas D.

Received 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics along with David M. Lee for discovery of superfluidity in helium-3, and both employed at Cornell University.

Colleagues

Ashcroft, Neil W.

Both employed at Cornell University.

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

Both employed at Cornell University.

Corson, Dale R.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Davis, J. C. Séamus

Both employed at Cornell University.

Drell, Persis S.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Feigenbaum, Mitchell J.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Greisen, Kenneth

Both employed at Cornell University.

Kinoshita, T. (Toichiro)

Both employed at Cornell University.

Krumhansl, J. A. (James A.)

Both employed at Cornell University.

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

Both employed at Cornell University.

Mermin, N. David

Both employed at Cornell University.

Orlov, Yuri, 1924-

Both employed at Cornell University.

Pandharipande, V. R.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Peoples, John, Jr.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Pohl, Robert O.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Reppy, John David

Both employed at Cornell University.

Tedrow, Paul, 1940-

Both employed at Cornell University.

Teukolsky, Saul A. (Saul Arno), 1947-

Both employed at Cornell University.

Tigner, M.

Both employed at Cornell University.

Wilson, Kenneth G. (Kenneth Geddes), 1936-2013

Both employed at Cornell University.

Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000

Both employed at Cornell University.

York, James W., Jr., 1939-

Both employed at Cornell University.

Institutions

Major Positions

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Visiting Scientist.

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Research Associate; Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics; F. R. Newman Professor of Physics; Director, Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics; Vice Provost for Research; Senior Vice Provost for Research; Senior Science Advisor to the President and the Provost; and Senior Vice Provost for Research Emeritus.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Fellow and Member, Board of Directors.

American Physical Society

Fellow; received 1981 Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize; Chair, Physics Planning Committee; and Chair, Division of Condensed Matter Physics.

Association of American Universities

Member, Executive Committee of Senior Research Officers.

Brookhaven Science Associates

Member, Board of Directors.

Duke University.

Member, Board of Trustees, and Member, Executive Committee, Board of Trustees.

Duke University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1966).

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

Member, Chair, Vice Chair US Liaison Committee, and At Large Member, Commission C-5 (Very Low Temperatures).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member; Chair, Physics Section; Secretary and Chair, Class I (Mathematical and Physical Sciences).

National Research Council (U.S.)

Member and Vice Chair, Board on Physics and Astronomy.

National Science Board (U.S.)

Member and Member, Executive Committee.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Department of Physics

Obtained BS (1958) and MS (1960).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Nobel Voices Videohistory Project collection, 2000-2001.

Archives Center

Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of American History

MRC 601, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA

Robert C. Richardson papers, 1962-1967.

Archives.

Duke University

341 Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC 27706, USA

Subject

Video Interviews with Nobel Prize Winners in Physics, 2004-2006.

Sussex Innovation Centre. Science Park Square

Vega Science Trust

Brighton BN1 9SB, England UK

Published Resources

Author

Robert Richardson Nobel Prize Autobiography.

Subject

Robert Richardson Cornell Chronicle obituary.

Robert Richardson National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir.

Robert Richardson New York Times obituary.

Robert Richardson Physics Today obituary.