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Herman’s scientific career from his early education through a Ph.D. at Columbia University; research in the 1950s. Numerical calculation of the band structures of diamond, silicon and germanium, using Conyers Herring’s OPW method. Also prominently mentioned are: Henry Michael Foley, Conyers Herring, George E. Kimball, Arnold Moore, and Dwight O. North, Fred Rose, Fred Rosi, Frederick Seitz; Bell Telephone Laboratories, International Business Machines Corporation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Radio Corporation of America.
Born in Oregon 1912, entered Purdue University, 1932, studying solid state physics, teaching assistant work with Lothar Nordheim on crystal structure, 1937; Ph.D. thesis, 1937 (published 1940); physics department under Karl Lark-Horovitz grows in the 1930s, visiting lecturers (refugees from Germany and Europe: Lothar Nordheim, Hans Bethe, Edward Teller, Eugene Wigner). First cyclotron (homemade), 1935.
Testing klystrons at Wright Field for blind landing, at request of Wilmer L. Burrow of Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sperry Gyroscope research contract with Stanford University, San Carlos and Garden City plants. Contact with solid state physics through use of old-fashion crystal detectors in the klystron. Bell Laboratories and other centers for research in microwaves; John Pierce and other scientists in semiconductor work.