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Beck, Guido, 1903-1988.
Oral history interview with Guido Beck, 1967 April 22.
Involvement in the history of quantum physics and nuclear physics; thoughts on physics institutions in underdeveloped countries. Studies at University of Vienna in the early 1920s; his work at Felix Ehrenhaft's Institute until 1928; subsequent assistantship with Werner Heisenberg at University of Leipzig for four years. Conversations with Heisenberg about electrons in the nucleus; origins of Beck's interest in nuclear physics after hearing Francis W. Aston's paper on mass defect at the 1927 Volta Conference; conferences at University of Copenhagen including 1932, where, before the positron was discovered, everyone was making fun of Paul A. M. Dirac's "holes." Theory of beta decay, inability to continue work on it due to lack of additional data when going to Kansas in 1934 and Odessa in 1935. Leaves Odessa; internment in France during the war; escape to Portugal and arrives in Argentina. Also prominently mentioned are: M. Besso, Niels Bohr, Albert Einstein, Wolfgang Pauli, Ernest Rutherford, Erwin Schrd̲inger, Adolf Smekal, Hans Thirring, Joseph J. Thomson, Victor F. Weisskopf, and Hideki Yukawa.
Died 1988.
Aston, Francis William
Beck, Guido, 1903-1988.
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962
Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984
Ehrenhaft, Felix, 1879-1952
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976
Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958.
Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937
Schrd̲inger, Erwin, 1887-1961
Smekal, Adolf Gustav Stephan, 1895-1959
Thirring, Hans
Thomson, J. J. (Joseph John), 1856-1940
Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, 1908-2002
Yukawa, Hideki, 1907-1981
Universitt̃ Leipzig
Universitt̃ Wien.
International Congress of Physics (1927: Como, Italy)
Beta decay.
Decay schemes (Radioactivity)
Nuclear physics.
Particles (Nuclear physics)
Quantum theory.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Transcripts. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Heilbron, J. L. interviewer.
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