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PeopleInstitutions

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Archival as AuthorArchival as SubjectPublished as AuthorPublished as Subject

N. F. Mott

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Dates

September 30, 1905 – August 8, 1996

Authorized Form of Name

Mott, N. F., Sir (Nevill Francis), 1905-1996

Additional Forms of Names

Mott, Nevill (Nevill Francis), 1905-1996

Mott, Nevill, Sir, 1905-1996

Mott, Nevill Francis, Sir, 1905-1996

Biography

Abstract

Sir Nevill F. Mott won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1977, alongside Philip W. Anderson and John H. Van Vleck, "for their fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems." Additionally, his work at the University of Bristol and Cambridge University advanced the field of physics.

Important Dates

September 30, 1905Birth, Leeds (England).

1927Obtained BSc degree, St. John's College, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1929Lecturer, University of Manchester, Manchester (England).

1930Obtained Master's degree, St. John's College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (England).

1930Fellow and Lecturer, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (England).

1933 – 1971Chair of Theoretical Physics (1933); Henry Overton Wills Professor of Physics and Director, Henry Herbert Wills Physical Laboratory (1948-1954); Cavendish Professor of Physics (1954-1971), Bristol University.

1941Awarded Hughes Medal, Royal Society.

1951President, International Union of Physics.

1953Awarded Royal Medal, Royal Society.

1959Master, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (England).

1962Knighted.

1965Began Nobel Prize winning research regarding electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems.

1965Chairman, Pugwash meeting, Cambridge (England).

1972Awarded Copley Medal, Royal Society.

1977Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics alongside Philip W. Anderson and John H. Van Vleck, "for their fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems".

August 8, 1996Death, Milton Keynes (England).

Occupation

Condensed matter physicist.

Places

Birth

Leeds (England)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (England)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (England)

Employment

Bristol (England)

Cambridge (England)

Death

Milton Keynes (England)

Subjects

Condensed matter.

Electromagnetism.

Relationships

People

Family

Horder, Ruth Eleanor

Wife, married in 1930.

Mott, Charles Francis

Father.

Reynolds, Lilian Mary

Mother.

Richardson, John, Sir, 1787-1865

Grandfather.

Advisors & Collaborators

Alexandrov, A. S.

Anderson, P. W. (Philip W.), 1923-

Received 1977 Nobel Prize along with J. H. Van Vleck for "their fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems."

Cabrera, Nicolás

Advised by Mott at University of Bristol.

Davis, E. A. (Edward Arthur), 1936-

Collaborated with Mott on "Electronic processes in non-crystalline materials."

Edwards, P. P. (Peter P.)

Advised by Mott at Cambridge University.

Evetts, J.

Advised by Mott at Cambridge University.

Fowler, R. H. (Ralph Howard), 1889-1994

Advisor at Cambridge University.

Friedel, J. (Jacques)

Advised by Mott at University of Bristol.

Gurney, Ronald W. (Ronald Wilfrid)

Collaborated with Mott on "Electronic processes in ionic crystals."

Heine, Volker

Advised by Mott at Cambridge University.

Jones, H. (Harry), 1905-1986

Collaborated with Mott on "The theory of the properties of metals and alloys."

Massey, Harrie Stewart Wilson, Sir, 1908-1983

Collaborated with Mott on "The theory of atomic collisions."

Schroeder, Peter A.

Advised by Mott at University of Bristol.

Seeger, A. K. (Alfred Karl), 1927-

Advised by Mott at University of Bristol.

Sneddon, Ian Naismith

Collaborated with Mott on "Wave mechanics and its applications."

Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980

Received 1977 Nobel Prize along with P. W. Anderson for "their fundamental theoretical investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems."

Additional

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

Blackett, P. M. S. (Patrick Maynard Stuart), Baron Blackett, 1897-1974

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Born, Max, 1882-1970

Bragg, William Henry, 1862-1942

Bragg, William Lawrence, Sir, 1890-1971

Burbidge, Geoffrey R.

Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984

Evans, Ivor

Fert, A.

Fumi, F.

Gamow, Barbara, 1905-1976

Gamow, George, 1904-1968

Giulotto, Luigi, 1911-1986

Gowing, Margaret

Hoddeson, Lillian

Holden, Alan

Koehler, James S. (James Stark), 1914-2006

Kronig, R. (Ralph), 1904-

Leverenz, Humboldt W.

Maurer, Robert Joseph, 1913-

Migdal, A. B. (Arkadii Beinusovich), 1911-1991

Moller, C. (Christian), 1904-1980

Nix, Foster Cary, 1905-

Oppenheimer, Frank, 1912-1985

Peierls, Rudolf E. (Rudolf Ernst), 1907-1995

Pines, David, 1924-

Rosenfeld, L. (Leon), 1904-1974

Runcorn, S. K.

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Tamm, I. E. (Igor' Evgen'evich), 1895-1971

Touschek, Bruno, 1921-

Waller, Ivar, 1898-1991

Institutions

Major Positions

Gonville and Caius College

Fellow; Lecturer; and Master.

University of Bristol. Department of Physics

Chair of Theoretical Physics; Henry Overton Wills Professor of Physics and Director, Henry Herbert Wills Physical Laboratory; and Cavendish Professor of Physics.

University of Manchester. Physics Department

Lecturer.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics

President.

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Awarded Hughes Medal (1941), Royal Medal (1953); and Copley Medal (1972).

St. John's College (University of Cambridge)

Received BSc (1927) and Master's Degree (1930).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Nevill F. Mott corresponce with Rudolf Peierls.

Bodleian Library

Department of Western Manuscripts, University of Oxford

Oxford, England, UK

Nevill F. Mott correspondence with Niels Bohr, 1929-1958,

Niels Bohr Archive

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Oral history interview with Sir Nevill Francis Mott, 1963 May 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Sir Nevill Francis Mott, 1971 May 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Sir Nevill Francis Mott, 1981 Janurary 15 and December 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Sir Nevill Mott, 1974 November 1.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Physics Department Records.

Arts and Social Sciences Library. Special Collections

University of Bristol

Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 ITJ, England, UK

Press conference with Sir Nevill Mott and Philip Anderson after they won the Nobel Prize [sound recording] / 1977 March.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Sir Nevill Francis Mott papers and correspondence, 1902-2003.

Department of Manuscripts and University Archives

Cambridge University

West Road, Cambridge, CH3 9DR

The beginnings of solid state physics [sound recording] : a symposium / organized by Sir Nevill Mott, held 30 April - 2 May 1979.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

The education of physicists between the wars [sound recording]: by those who were eductated them / 1985 October 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

The Origins of Solid State Physics in Italy: 1945-1960 conference proceedings [sound recording], 1987.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Bruno Touschek papers, 1947-1978.

Dipartimento di Fisica

Università di Roma "La Sapienza"

Piazzale Aldo Moro 2, 00185 Rome, Italy

Christian Møller papers, 1928-1980.

Niels Bohr Archive

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

George and Barabara Gamow papers, 1915-1975 (bulk 1950-1975).

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

Igor E. Tamm papers, 1921-1971.

In private hands

Ivar Waller papers, circa 1912-1989.

Centrum för Vetenskapshistoria

Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademien

Stockholm, Sweden

Ivor Evans papers and correspondence, 1941-1978.

Department of Documents

Imperial War Museum

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England

Leon Rosenfeld papers, 1911-1974.

Niels Bohr Archive

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Lillian Hoddeson papers, 1904-2001.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Margaret Gowing papers, 1932-[ongoing].

Museum of the History of Science

Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ

Niels Bohr correspondence, supplement, 1910-1962.

Niels Bohr Archive

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Niels Bohr material collected elsewhere, 1912-1962.

Niels Bohr Archive

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Oral history interview with A. B. Migdal, 1977 May 25.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Alan Holden, 1974 July 30 and 1976 June 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Pines, 1981 April 13 and 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Fausto Gherardo Fumi, 1982 November 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Foster Cary Nix, 1975 June 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frank Oppenheimer, 1973 February 9 and May 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frederick Seitz, 1981 Junrary 26, 27, March 24, and 1982 March 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Geoffrey Burbidge, 1977 Obtober 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Geoffrey R. Burbidge, 1974 November 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Humboldt Walter Leverenz, 1979 July 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with James Stark Koehler, 1981 March 6.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Léon Rosenfeld, 1963 July 1, 19, 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Luigi Giulotta, 1982 December 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with P. M. S. Blackett, 1962 December 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Jospeh Maurer, 1981 December 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Rudolf Ernst Peierls, 1977 May 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with S. Keith Runcorn, 1993 September 16 and 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Philip M. Morse autobiographical data, circa 1962.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Ralph Kronig correspondence, 1925-1977?.

Handschriftenabteilung

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Zurich, Switzerland

Sir Rudolf Earnst Peierls papers and correspondence, 1898-1996.

Bodleian Library

Department of Western Manuscripts, University of Oxford

Oxford, England, UK

Sir William Lawrence Bragg papers.

Royal Institution of Great Britain

London, Englank UK

Symposium honoring the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics recipients [sound recording].

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

The Princeton years and beyond, 1930-1940: Invited paper for the American Physical Society, 1992.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

A life in science / Nevill Mott.

An outline of wave mechanics / by N.F. Mott…

Electronic processes in ionic crystals, by N.F. Mott and R. W. Gurney.

Electronic processes in non-crystalline materials / by N.F Mott and E. A. Davis.

Elements of wave mechanics.

Sir Nevill Mott: 65 years in physics / editors, N.F. Mott & A.S. Alexandrov.

The Beginnings of solid state physics: a symposium / organized by Sir Nevill Mott, held 30 April- 2 May 1979.

The theory of atomic collisions, by N.F. Mott and H.S.W. Massey.

The theory of the properties of metals and alloys / by N.F. Mott… and H. Jones…

Wave mechanics and its applications / by N.F. Mott and I.N. Sneddon.

Subject

Nevill Francis Mott Physics Today obituary.

Nevill Mott : reminiscences and appreciations / edited by E. A. Davis.

Sir Nevill F. Mott Nobel Prize biography