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Oral History Interview — Dr. Pascual Jordan


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Interview with Dr. Pascual Jordan
By Thomas S. Kuhn
In Hamburg, West Germany
June 17, 1963

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Pascual Jordan; June 17, 1963

ABSTRACT: 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 ca. 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: Artin, Niels Henrik David Bohr, Max Born, Bose, Louis de Broglie, Johannes Martinus Burgers, Eugène Charles Catalan, Compton, Richard Courant, Charles Galton Darwin, Peter Josef William Debye, Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, William Duane, Paul Ehrenfest, Albert Einstein, Walter M. Elsasser, Paul Sophus Epstein, Enrico Fermi, Markus Fierz, Flamm, Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fok, James Franck, Jakov Frenkel, Walther Gerlach, Walter Grotrian, Wilhelm Hanle, Werner Heisenberg, Hellinger, Paul Hertz, David Hilbert, Helmut Hönl, Hoppe, Friedrich Hund, Oskar Benjamin Klein, Fr. Knauer, Wilhelm Kohlrausch, Hendrik Anthony Kramers, Ralph de Laer Kronig, Alfred Kuehn, Rudolf Walther Ladenburg, Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, Ernst Mach, Walther Meissner, Frl. Mensing, Minkowski, Emmy Noether, Lothar Nordheim, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Wolfgang Pauli, Max Planck, Robert Wichard Pohl, Henri Poincaré, Ludwig Prandtl, Léon Rosenfeld, Carl Runge, Erwin Schr&oum;dinger, L. A. Sommer, Arnold Sommerfeld, Frl. Sponer, Otto Stern, Thomas, Timofeeff-Ressovsky, Toeplitz, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, Victor Frederick Weisskopf, Eugene Paul Wigner; Hanover Technische Hochschule, Kbenhavns Universitet, Universität Göttingen, Universität Hamburg, Universität München, and Universität Rostock.

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