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Slater leaves Harvard University for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1930 (Karl Compton) to build up Physics Department there; work on quantum electrodynamics. Growth of MIT Physics Department in the 1930s and 1940s, relations between experimentalists and theorists; discussion of works and publications during the 1930s. Changes in U.S. physics; overview of post-World War II physics to 1951, and reasons for establishing own research group; establishment of the Radiation Lab, 1940; magnetron work; Bell Labs visits, 1941-1942 and 1943-1945.
Topics discussed include: family background; von Hippel's time at Gottingen and lectures by Max Born and James Franck; his fellowship at Berkeley; Leonard Loeb; work on his dissertation on charge phenomena in gases and discharge phenomena in solds and liquids; Richard Pohl; Edward Teller; Niels Bohr; Karl Compton; Herbert Frolich and the development of dielectric data for radar; Frederick Seitz; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; John Slater; R. J. Seeger; solid state physics.