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Dennis Gabor



June 5, 1900 – February 8, 1979

Authorized Form of Name

Gabor, Dennis, 1900-1979

Additional Forms of Names

Dénes, Gábor, 1900-1979

Gabor, D. (Dennis), 1900-1979

Gábor, Dénes, 1900-1979



Dennis Gabor was an optical physicist at the Imperial College of London. He was awarded the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his invention and development of the holographic method."

Important Dates

June 5, 1900Birth, Budapest (Hungary).

1924Obtained BSc in Electrical Engineering, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin (Germany).

1927Obtained PhD in Electrical Engineering, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin (Germany).

1927Researcher, Siemens & Halske AG.

1934Inventor, British Thomson-Houston Co., Rugby, Warwickshire (England).

1949 – 1967Reader in Electronics and Professor of Applied Electron Physics, Imperial College of Science & Technology, London (England).

1950 – 1953Researcher, AEI Research Laboratory, Aldermaston (England).

1956Fellow, Royal Society.

1963Wrote "Inventing the Future".

1964Honorable Member, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Magya Tudományos Akadémia).

1964Awarded Honorary DSc, University of London.

1967Awarded Thomas Young Medal, Physical Society of London.

1967Awarded Cristoforo Colombo Prize, International Institution of Communications.

1968Awarded the Albert Michelson Medal, Franklin Institute.

1968Awarded Rumford Medal, Royal Society.

1970Awarded honorary DSc, University of Southampton, Southampton (England).

1970Awarded Medal of Honor, Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

1970Wrote "Innovations".

1971Awarded honorary DSc, Technological University Delft (Technische Universiteit Delft), Delft (Netherlands).

1971Awarded Priz Holweck Prize, French Physical Society.

1971Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics "for his invention and development of the holographic method".

1972Wrote "The Mature Society".

February 8, 1979Death, London (England).


Optical physicist.



Budapest (Hungary)

Undergraduate Education

Berlin (Germany)

Graduate Education

Berlin (Germany)


Berlin (Germany)

Warwickshire (England)

Aldermaston (England)

London (England)


London (England)


Light waves.

Optical physics and engineering.




Gabor, Adrienne


Gabor, Bertalan


Gabor, Marjorie Louise


Advisors & Collaborators

Orlich, Ernst, 1868-1935

PhD advisor at Technische Universität Berlin.


Caulfield, H. J. (Henry John), 1936-

Rogers, G. L. (Gordon Leonard), 1916-


Major Positions

Associated Electrical Industries


Imperial College of Science and Technology

Reader in Electronics and Professor of Applied Electron Physics.

Siemens Research Laboratories

Researcher, Siemens & Halske AG.

Thomson-Houston Electric Company


Professional Activities & Affiliations

Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.)

Awarded 1968 Albert Michelson Medal.

IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society

Awarded 1970 Medal of Honor.

Magyar Tudományos Akadémia

Honorable Member.

Physical Society (Great Britain)

Awarded 1967 Thomas Young Medal.

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Fellow and awarded 1968 Rumford Medal.

Société française de physique

Awarded 1971 Priz Holweck Prize.

Technische Universität Berlin

Obtained BSc in Electrical Engineering (1924) and PhD in Electrical Engineering (1927).

Technische Universiteit Delft

Honorary DSc (1971).

University of London

Honorary DSc (1964).

University of Southampton

Honorary DSc (1970).


Archival Resources


Dennis Gabor correspondence, 1961-1969.

American Heritage Center

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3924, 1000 E. University Avenue, Laramie, WY 82071, USA

Dennis Gabor letters, 1961-1974.

Henry E. Huntington Library

1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108, USA

Dennis Gabor papers, 1904-1985.

Imperial College Archives

Imperial College of Science and Technology

London SW7 2AZ, England

Dennis Gabor papers, 1962-1979.

Museum of Holography

New York, NY, USA


C. P. Snow collection, 1931-1980.

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

University of Texas at Austin

P.O. Drawer 7219, Austin, TX 78713-7219, USA

Gordon L. Rogers papers, 1936-1980.


Science Museum (Great Britain)

Imperial College Road, London SW7 5NH, England, UK

History of radar use in World War II, 1997-2006.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with H. John Caulfield, 2003 January 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources


An introduction to coherent optics and holography / George W. Stroke.

Inventing the future.

The mature society.


Dennis Gabor Nobel Prize biography.

Encyclopaedia Britannica - Dennis Gabor.