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David N. Schramm



October 25, 1945 – December 19, 1997

Authorized Form of Name

Schramm, David N.

Additional Forms of Names

Schramm, D. N. (David N.)

Schramm, David N., 1945-1997

Schramm, David N. (David Norman), 1945-1997



David Schramm was Louis Block Professor of Physical Sciences at University of Chicago (1982-1997). His research interests included particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, neutrinos, cosmic rays, and Big Bang nucleosynthesis.

Important Dates

October 25, 1945Birth, St. Louis (Mo.).

1967Obtained BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge (Mass.).

1971Obtained PhD in Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1972Visiting Fellow, Institute for Astronomy, Cambridge University.

1972 – 1974Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Austin.

1974 – 1978Consultant, Aerospace Corporation.

1974 – 1997Associate Professor of Astrophysics (1974-1976); Professor, Enrico Fermi Institute (1977-1982); Chair, Department of Astrophysics (1978-1984); Louis Block Professor of Physical Sciences (1982-1997); and Member, Committee for the Conceptual Foundations of Science (1984-1997), University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1975 – 1997Consultant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

1977Visiting Professor, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

1978 – 1981Associate Editor, American Journal of Physics, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

1981 – 1997Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Utah.

1982 – 1997Consultant, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

1985Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University.

1986Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1992Visiting Professor, Miller Institute, University of California, Berkeley.

1992 – 1997Consultant, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

1992 – 1997Chair, Board of Trustees, Aspen Center for Physics.

1993Awarded Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize, American Physical Society.

December 19, 1997Death, Byers (Colo.).


Particle astrophysicist.



St. Louis (Mo.)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Pasadena (Calif.)


Chicago (Ill.)


Byers (Colo.)



Cosmic rays.



Particles (Nuclear physics).




Holzhauer, Melinda

First Wife.

Schramm, Betty


Schramm, David Cary


Schramm, Derik Brett


Schramm, Marvin


Zielinski, Judith Jane

Second Wife. Married in 1986.

Advisors & Collaborators

Lederman, Leon M.

Co-wrote "From quarks to the cosmos: Tools of discovery."

Riordan, Michael, 1946-

Co-wrote "The shadows of creation: Dark matter and the structure of the universe."


Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Parker, E. N. (Eugene Newman), 1927-

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Rosner, Robert

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Shochet, Melvyn J.

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Simpson, John A. (John Alexander), 1916-2000

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Turner, Michael Stanley

Both employed at University of Chicago, Enrico Fermi Institute.

Winstein, Bruce

Both employed at University of Chicago, Enrico Fermi Institute.


Fowler, William A.

Geller, Margaret J.

Morrison, Philip


Major Positions

Carnegie-Mellon University. Physics Department

Distinguished Visiting Scientist.

Enrico Fermi Institute


University of Chicago. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Associate Professor of Astrophysics; Department Chair; and Louis Block Professor of Physical Sciences.

University of Texas at Austin. Department of Astronomy

Assistant Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Aerospace Corporation


American Association of Physics Teachers

Associate Editor, American Journal of Physics.

American Physical Society

Received 1993 Julius Edgar Lilienfeld Prize.

Argonne National Laboratory

Aspen Center for Physics

Chair, Board of Trustees.

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

Obtained PhD in Physics (1971).

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory


Lawrence Livermore Laboratory


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


Los Alamos National Laboratory


Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Physics

Obtained BS (1967).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)


Stanford Linear Accelerator Center

Visiting Professor.

University of California, Berkeley. Miller Institute for Basic Research

Visiting Professor.

University of Cambridge. Institute of Astronomy

Visiting Fellow.

University of Chicago

Member, Committee for the Conceptual Foundations of Science.

University of Utah. Department of Physics & Astronomy

Adjunct Professor.


Archival Resources


David N. Schramm papers, 1967-1997.

The Joseph Regenstein Library. Department of Special Collections

University of Chicago

1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

Gravity Research Foundation essays and abstracts, 1949-2016.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Schramm, 1988 March 29.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources


Cosmology and particle physics / edited by David Lindley, Edward W. Kolb, David N. Schramm.

Eighteenth Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics and Cosmology : "Texas in Chicago", Chicago, 15-20 December 1996 / editors, Angela V. Olinto, Joshua A. Frieman, and David N. Schramm.

Essays in nuclear astrophysics : presented to William A. Fowler, on the occasion of his seventieth birthday / edited by C.A. Barnes, D.D. Clayton, D.N. Schramm.

From quarks to the cosmos : tools of discovery / Leon M. Lederman, David N. Schramm.

The big bang and other explosions in nuclear particle astrophysics / David N. Schramm.

The shadows of creation : dark matter and the structure of the universe / Michael Riordan and David N. Schramm.


"David Norman Schramm: 1945-1997", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

David Schramm Physics Today obituary.