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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Archival as AuthorPublished as Subject

L. Wolfenstein

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Dates

February 10, 1923 – March 27, 2015

Authorized Form of Name

Wolfenstein, L. (Lincoln)

Additional Forms of Names

Wolfenstein, L. (Lincoln), 1923-

Wolfenstein, Lincoln

Biography

Abstract

Lincoln Wolfenstein was University Professor of Physics Emeritus at Carnegie Mellon University (2000-2015). His research interests included elementary particles, weak interactions, and neutrinos.

Important Dates

February 10, 1923Birth, Cleveland (Ohio).

1943Obtained BS, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1944Obtained MS, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1944 – 1946Physicist, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.

1948 – 1967Instructor to Professor of Physics, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1949Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1964 – 1965National Science Foundation (NSF) Senior Fellow, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

1967 – 2015Professor of Physics (1967-1978); University Professor of Physics (1978-2000); and University Professor of Physics Emeritus (2000-2015), Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1970 – 1971Visiting Professor, University of Michigan.

1974 – 1977Member, Physics Advisory Committee, National Science Foundation.

1978Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1988Fairchild Visiting Scholar, California Institute of Technology.

1992Awarded J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics, American Physical Society.

March 27, 2015Death, Oakland (Calif.).

Occupation

Theoretical particle physicist.

Places

Birth

Cleveland (Ohio)

Undergraduate Education

Chicago (Ill.)

Graduate Education

Chicago (Ill.)

Employment

Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Death

Oakland (Calif.)

Subjects

Elementary particles.

Neutrinos.

Particles (Nuclear physics).

Theoretical physics.

Weak interactions (Nuclear physics).

Relationships

People

Family

Caplin, David, 1949-

Stepson.

Caplin, Donna, 1948-

Stepdaughter.

Caplin, Wilma Miller, 1919-

Second Wife. Married in 1957.

Mahler, Charlotte Anne

First Wife. Married 1944-1954.

Pizey, Mimi, 1964-

Daughter.

Tribe, Frances Anne, 1946-1997

Daughter.

Wolfenstein, Anna Koppel

Mother.

Wolfenstein, Julius, 1915-1930

Brother.

Wolfenstein, Leo

Father.

Wolfenstein, Leonard

Son.

Wolfenstein, Martha, 1911-1976

Sister.

Wolfenstein, Samuel

Brother.

Advisors & Collaborators

Schein, Marcel, 1902-1960

Graduate advisor at University of Chicago.

Teller, Edward, 1908-2003

PhD advisor at University of Chicago, "Theory of proposed reactions involving polarized protons."

Colleagues

Cohen, Bernard Leonard, 1924-

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Creutz, E.

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Griffiths, R. B. (Robert Budington)

Both employed at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Kohn, Walter, 1923-2016

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Langer, James S.

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Rostoker, Norman

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Stern, Otto, 1888-1969

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Stever, H. Guyford

Both employed at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Wick, G. C. (Gian Carlo)

Both employed at Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Zener, Clarence, 1905-

Both employed at Carnegie-Mellon University.

Additional

Chamberlain, O. (Owen)

Gell-Mann, Murray

Goldberger, Marvin L.

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Perl, Martin L., 1927-2014

Rosenfeld, Arthur H., 1926-

Sachs, Robert Green, 1916-

Weinberg, Steven, 1933-

Yang, Chen Ning, 1922-

Institutions

Major Positions

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

Fairchild Visiting Scholar.

Carnegie Institute of Technology. Department of Physics

Instructor to Professor of Physics.

Carnegie-Mellon University. Physics Department

Professor of Physics; University Professor of Physics; and University Professor of Physics Emeritus.

United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

Physicist.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1992 J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics.

European Organization for Nuclear Research

National Science Foundation (NSF) Senior Fellow.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Member, Physics Advisory Committee.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

University of Chicago. Department of Physics

Obtained BS (1943), MS (1944), and PhD (1949).

University of Michigan. Department of Physics

Visiting Professor.

University of Pittsburgh. Department of Physics

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Aspen Center for Physics oral history interviews, 2004-2008.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Lincoln Wolfenstein, 1997 April 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Proceedings [video recording] : talks presented at the Enrico Fermi Centennial celebration. 2001 September 29.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

Lincoln Wolfenstein Carnegie-Mellon obituary.

Lincoln Wolfenstein National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir.

Lincoln Wolfenstein Physics Today obituary.

Lincoln Wolfenstein Pittsburgh Post-Gazette obituary.