In this interview, David Zierler, Oral Historian for AIP, interviews Helen Berman, Professor Emerita at Rutgers, where she remains affiliated with
Family background and early education, motivation and funding for college; math program at Stanford University, from 1928; physics studies at Calif
Childhood, early schooling, early trips to New Mexico and Europe. Influences of parents, brother (J.
Maurer's opinions on the physics of color centers and point defects.
Born in Oregon 1912, entered Purdue University, 1932, studying solid state physics, teaching assistant work with Lothar Nordheim on crystal structu
Topics discussed include: his family background and childhood; his interest in diffraction, crystallography, and x-ray monochrometers; working with