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Peierls, Rudolf E. (Rudolf Ernst), 1907-1995
Oral history interview with Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, 1963 June 17 and 18.
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 circa 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: Niels Henrik David Bohr, Bragg, Louis de Broglie, Constantin Carathǒdory, Frank Clive Champion, Peter Josef William Debye, Max Delbr ck, Enrico Fermi, Otto Halpern, Werner Heisenberg, Friedrich Hund, Lev Davidovich Landau, Ettore Majorana, Walther Nernst, Heinrich Ott, Wolfgang Pauli, Max Planck, Robert Wichard Pohl, Arnold Sommerfeld, Albrecht Unsl̲d, Hermann Weyl, Wilhelm Wien; Universitt̃ Berlin, Universitt̃ Leipzig, Universitt̃ M nchen, Univeristy of Cambridge, and Zeitschrift f r Physik.
British theoretical physicsist. Ph. D., Leipzig University (1929). Assistant to Wolfgang Pauli (1929-1932); researcher, Manchester University (1933-1935); Royal Society Mond Laboratory, Cambridge (1935-1937); professor of applied mathemataics, later mathematical physics, University of Birmingham (1937-1963); Wykeham professor of theoretical physics, University of Oxford (1963-1974).
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962
Bragg, William Henry, 1862-1942
Broglie, Louis de, 1892-1987
Carathǒdory, Constantin, 1873-1950.
Champion, Frank Clive
Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966-
Delbr ck, Max.
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954.
Halpern, Otto, 1899-
Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976
Hund, Friedrich, 1896-1997-
Landau, L. D. (Lev Davidovich), 1908-1968.
Majorana, Ettore.
Nernst, Walther, 1864-1941.
Ott, Heinrich
Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958.
Peierls, Rudolf E. (Rudolf Ernst), 1907-1995
Planck, Max, 1858-1947.
Pohl, Robert Wichard, 1884-1976.
Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951.
Unsl̲d, Albrecht, 1905-
Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955.
Wien, W. (Wilhelm), 1864-1928.
Humboldt-Universitt̃ zu Berlin
Universitt̃ Leipzig
Universitt̃ M nchen.
University of Cambridge.
Zeitschrift fur Physik
Atomic theory.
Nuclear physics.
Quantum theory.
Science -- History.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings lcgft
Transcripts. aat
Physicists -- Interviews.
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