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Polanyi, Michael, 1891-1976
Oral history interview with Michael Polanyi, 1962 February 15.
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, Max Born, Louis de Broglie, Albert Einstein, Walter M. Elsasser, Emil Fischer, James Franck, Johannes Hans Wilhelm Geiger, Walter Kossel, Otto Laporte, Frederick Lindemann (Viscount Cherwell), Walther Nernst, Carl Ramsauer, Ernest Rutherford, Erwin Schrödinger, Leo Szilard, Otto Warburg, Eugene Paul Wigner; Kaiser Wilhelm-Gesellschaft, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Physikalische-Technische Reichsanstalt (Berlin), Prussian Academy, and University of Manchester.
Physicist. (1891-1976).
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962
Born, Max, 1882-1970
Broglie, Louis de, 1892-1987
Cherwell, Frederick Alexander Lindemann, Viscount, 1886-1957.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
Elsasser, Walter M., 1904-1991.
Franck, James, 1882-1964.
Geiger, Hans, 1882-
Nernst, Walther, 1864-1941.
Polanyi, Michael, 1891-1976
Ramsauer, Carl, 1879-1955.
Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937
Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961
Szilard, Leo.
Warburg, Otto Heinrich, 1883-
Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995-
Kaiser Wilhelm-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften.
Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt (Germany).
University of Manchester.
Atomic theory.
Nuclear physics.
Quantum theory.
Science -- History.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Physicists -- Interviews. lcsh
Fischer, Emil.
Kossel, W. (Walther Ludwig Julius), 1888-1956
Laporte, Otto, 1902-
Prussian Academy.
Kuhn, Thomas S. interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
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
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