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Peierls, Rudolf E. (Rudolf Ernst), 1907-1995
Oral history interview with Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, 1963 June 17 and 18.
This interview was conducted as part of the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics project, which includes tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with circa 100 atomic and quantum physicists. Subjects discuss their family backgrounds, how they became interested in physics, their educations, people who influenced them, their careers including social influences on the conditions of research, and the state of atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics during the period in which they worked. Discussions of scientific matters relate to work that was done between approximately 1900 and 1930, with an emphasis on the discovery and interpretations of quantum mechanics in the 1920s. Also prominently mentioned are: Niels Henrik David Bohr, Bragg, Louis de Broglie, Constantin Carathéodory, Frank Clive Champion, Peter Josef William Debye, Max Delbrück, Enrico Fermi, Otto Halpern, Werner Heisenberg, Friedrich Hund, Lev Davidovich Landau, Ettore Majorana, Walther Nernst, Heinrich Ott, Wolfgang Pauli, Max Planck, Robert Wichard Pohl, Arnold Sommerfeld, Albrecht Unsöld, Hermann Weyl, Wilhelm Wien; Universität Berlin, Universität Leipzig, Universität München, Univeristy of Cambridge, and Zeitschrift für Physik.
British theoretical physicsist. Ph. D., Leipzig University (1929). Assistant to Wolfgang Pauli (1929-1932); researcher, Manchester University (1933-1935); Royal Society Mond Laboratory, Cambridge (1935-1937); professor of applied mathemataics, later mathematical physics, University of Birmingham (1937-1963); Wykeham professor of theoretical physics, University of Oxford (1963-1974).
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962
Bragg, William Henry, 1862-1942
Broglie, Louis de, 1892-1987
Carathéodory, Constantin, 1873-1950.
Champion, Frank Clive
Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966-
Delbrück, Max.
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954.
Halpern, Otto, 1899-
Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976
Hund, Friedrich, 1896-1997-
Landau, L. D. (Lev Davidovich), 1908-1968.
Majorana, Ettore.
Nernst, Walther, 1864-1941.
Ott, Heinrich
Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958.
Peierls, Rudolf E. (Rudolf Ernst), 1907-1995
Planck, Max, 1858-1947.
Pohl, Robert Wichard, 1884-1976.
Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951.
Unsöld, Albrecht, 1905-
Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955.
Wien, W. (Wilhelm), 1864-1928.
Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Berlin
Universität Leipzig
Universität München.
University of Cambridge.
Zeitschrift fur Physik
Atomic theory.
Nuclear physics.
Quantum theory.
Science -- History.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Physicists -- Interviews.
Heilbron, J. L. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics. Archives for the History of Quantum Physics.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA