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Bloch, Felix, 1905-
Oral history interview with Felix Bloch, 1968 August 15.
Recollections of physics community in 1920s and early 1930s; opportunities for physics work in Europe; awareness of political climate in Germany (1932); relationship with Werner Heisenberg at University of Leipzig; awarded Rockefeller Fellowship to study at University of Rome; contacts with physicists after Leipzig and before Rome; John Von Neumann's list of refugee physicists; offered appointment to position at Stanford University; visit to University of Copenhagen and Niels Bohr's advice to accept appointment; relinquishing of second half of fellowship; influenced by Bohr, Heisenberg and others; Bloch's influence on Enrico Fermi leading to theory of neutrino; met by Gregory Breit on arrival in New York; initial teaching duties at Stanford; theoretical physics in America in 1934; distinctions between Europe and America on theory vs. experiment; seminars with J. Robert Oppenheimer; first interest in experimental work; early research on neutrons; recollections of 1935 Michigan Summer School; started Stanford Summer School in 1936 with George Gamow as first visitor (Fermi 1937, Isidor Isaac Rabi 1938, Victor F. Weisskopf 1939); origin of idea of neutron polarization; 1936 paper proposing neutron magnetic moment experiment; 1937 Galvani Conference in Bologna; use of Berkeley 37-inch cyclotron for magnetic moment experiment; decision to build cyclotron at Stanford; construction supported by Rockefeller Foundation; initial involvement with Manhattan Project; recollections of receiving news of fission; neutron work for Manhattan Project at Stanford; marriage in 1940; work on implosion at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory; reasons for leaving Los Alamos; work on radar at Harvard University; first ideas on measuring nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR); helpfulness of radar experience in NMR work; William W. Hansen and the klystron; fate of the first Stanford cyclotron; knowledge of Edward M. Purcell's work on NMR; publication of initial results, 1946-1948; Rabi and Polykarp Kusch's work on molecular beams; development of NMR field; Nobel Prize award; association with CERN, 1954; contributions of greatest impact.
Felix Bloch (1905-1983). Physicist. Education: Zurich Technical University (1924-1927); Ph.D., Leipzig, 1928. Professional experience: Stanford University (1934-1986). Research interests: electron theory of metals, quantum theory, ferromagnetism, x-ray, quantum-electrodynamics.
Bloch, Felix, 1905-
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962.
Breit, Gregory, 1899-1981-
Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966-
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954.
Gamow, George, 1904-1968.
Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976.
Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967.
Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958.
Purcell, Edward M.
Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988
Rosenfeld, L, (Leon), 1904-1974.
Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961.
Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957.
Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002
Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955.
Beck, Karl.
Hansen, W. W. (William Webster), 1909-1949
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich.
European Council for Nuclear Research.
Harvard University.
Københavns universitet
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.
Rockefeller Foundation.
Stanford University. Summer School.
Università di Roma.
Universität Leipzig
University of Michigan.
European Organization for Nuclear Research.
Galvani Conference.
Causality (Physics)
Cyclotrons.
Dipole moments.
Klystrons.
Manhattan Project (U.S.)
Neutrinos.
Neutrons -- Polarization.
Nobel Prizes.
Nuclear fission.
Nuclear magnetic resonance.
Nuclear physics.
Nuclear weapons -- Testing.
Particle accelerators.
Physics -- Military aspects.
Physics -- Scholarships, fellowships, etc.
Quantum electrodynamics.
Quantum theory.
Radar.
Radiation damping.
Political refugees.
Solid state physics.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Transcripts. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Physicists -- Germany. lcsh
Physicists -- United States. lcsh
Weiner, Charles. interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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