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

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

Student work with Arnold Sommerfeld, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg; first paper with Heisenberg; paper on Hall Effect; history of early contributions to the electron theory of metals; extrapolation of second Hall paper by Léon Brillouin to three-dimensional case; errors in Pauli's work on anharmonic terms; Peter Debye's error; paper on free electrons. History of and contributions to theory of semiconductors: Felix Bloch, Yakov Ilyich Frenkel, Ralph H. Fowler, Nevill Mott; Max Born on non-linear electrodynamics; paper with Lev Landau on quantum electrodynamics; Walter Schottky. Search for superconductivity during 1930s. Knowledge of solid state physics in Germany and England beginning 1928; effects of World War II on development of solid state physics. Also prominently mentioned are: S. Chandrasekhar, Arthur Stanley Eddington; University of Cambridge.

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).

Bloch, Felix, 1905-

Born, Max, 1882-1970

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969.

Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995

Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966-

Eddington, Arthur Stanley, Sir, 1882-1944.

Fowler, R. H. (Ralph Howard), 1889-1944.

Frenkel', IA. I. (IAkov Il'ich), 1894-1952.

Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976

Landau, L. D. (Lev Davidovich), 1908-1968.

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

Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958.

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

Schottky, Walter, 1886-1976.

Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951.

University of Cambridge.

Electrodynamics.

Free electron theory of metals.

Hall effect.

Quantum electrodynamics.

Semiconductors.

Solid state physics.

Solid state physics -- History

World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.

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Interviews. aat

Sound recordings. aat

Transcripts. aat

Hoddeson, Lillian. interviewer.

Baym, Gordon interviewer.

AIP-ICOS

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