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Schrieffer, J. R. (John Robert), 1931-
Oral history interview with John Robert Schrieffer, 1974 September 26 and 1976 January 19.
Childhood and high school education; undergraduate eduction at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelor's thesis with John Slater on energy level spacings in the multiple structure of transition metal atoms; graduate education at Urbana, Illinois, first paper under John Bardeen on the problem of transport of electrons bound to surfaces in semiconductors (Bardeen, David Pines); doctoral thesis on superconductivity, theoretical issues relevant to it; Leon Cooper's contributions, field theory, the bound state; Bardeen wins the Nobel Prize, emotional letdowns related to slow results of research; Stevens Conference on the many-body problem and American Physical Society Meeting, 1957; application of the Tomonaga variational technique, work on it with Cooper and Bardeen, problems with the second order phase transition, Bardeen's solution of the wave function; refinements of the new theory of superconductivity; feelings about working with Bardeen and Cooper; reactions of the scientific community to the new theory (Niels Bohr, Norman Ramsey); views on scientific creativity; the square dance analogy of the B-C-S theory; the Nobel Prize, 1972; American and Soviet competition for solution of superconductivity; objections to the theory based on gauge invariance properties; aftermath of discovery and Nobel Prize. Also prominently mentioned are: Jane Bardeen, John Bardeen, Nikolay N. Bogoliubov, Bohr family, Keith Allan Brueckner, Eli Burstein, Butler, Leon Cooper, Richard Phillips Feynman, Dave Frisch, Frölich, Ernest Guillemin, Douglas Rayner Hartree, Werner Heisenberg, David Hilbert, George F. Koster, Fritz London, Francis Eugene Low, Arkadii Beinusovich Migdal, David Pines, Léon Rosenfeld, Blat Schatloff, Ann Schrieffer, Frederick Seitz, Charles Slichter, Gregor Wentzel; Institute for Theoretical Physics (Copenhagen), and Niels Bohr Institutet.
Bardeen, John.
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962
Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988
Frisch, David H.
Fröhlich, H.
Hartree, Douglas R. (Douglas Rayner), 1897-1958
Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976
Hilbert, David, 1862-1943.
London, Fritz, 1900-1954.
Low, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1921-2007
Pines, David, 1924-
Ramsey, Norman, 1915-2011-
Rosenfeld, L. (Leon), 1904-1974
Schrieffer, J. R. (John Robert), 1931-
Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008
Slater, John Clarke, 1900-1976.
American Physical Society.
Niels Bohr institutet.
Superconductivity.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Transcripts. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Bardeen, Jane.
Bogoliubov, Nikolay N.
Bohr family.
Brueckner, Keith A.
Burstein, Elias, 1917-
Butler.
Cooper, Leon.
Guillemin, Ernest.
Migdal, A. B. (Arkadii Beinusovich), 1911-
Koster, George F.
Schatloff, Blat.
Schriffer, John Robert.
Slichter, Charles P.
Wentzel, Gregor, 1898-1978-
Universitetets Institut for Teoretisk Fysik (Copenhagen)
Warnow-Blewett, Joan, 1931- interviewer.
Williams, Robert M., interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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