Robert Coleman Richardson

Robert Coleman Richardson (June 26, 1937 – February 19, 2013)[1] was an American experimental physicist whose area of research included sub-millikelvin temperature studies of helium-3. Richardson, along with David Lee, as senior researchers, and then graduate student Douglas Osheroff, shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics for their 1972 discovery of the property of superfluidity in helium-3 atoms in the Cornell University Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics.[2][3][4]

Richardson was born in Washington D.C. He went to high school at Washington-Lee in Arlington, Virginia. He later described Washington-Lee's biology and physics courses as "very old-fashioned" for the time. "The idea of 'advanced placement' had not yet been invented," he wrote in his Nobel Prize autobiography. He took his first calculus course when he was a sophomore in college.[5]

Richardson attended Virginia Tech and received a B.S. in 1958 and a M.S. in 1960. He received his PhD from Duke University in 1965.

At the time of his death, he was the Floyd Newman Professor of Physics at Cornell University, although he no longer operated a laboratory. From 1998 to 2007 he served as Cornell's vice provost for research, and from 2007 to 2009 was senior science adviser to the president and provost. His past experimental work focused on using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to study the quantum properties of liquids and solids at extremely low temperatures.

Richardson was an Eagle Scout, and mentioned the Scouting activities of his youth in the biography he submitted to the Nobel Foundation at the time of his award.[1]

Richardson claimed that he did not believe in an anthropomorphic God, but it is unclear what specific beliefs he held.[6]

Robert Coleman Richardson
Robert Coleman Richardson
BornJune 26, 1937
DiedFebruary 19, 2013 (aged 75)
ResidenceUnited States
NationalityUnited States
Alma materVirginia Tech (B.S., M.S.)
Duke University (Ph.D.)
Known forDiscovering superfluidity in helium-3
AwardsOliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (1970)
Nobel Prize in Physics (1996)
Scientific career
InstitutionsCornell University
Doctoral advisorHorst Meyer

See also


  1. ^ a b Biography on the Nobel Foundation website
  2. ^ Osheroff, DD; RC Richardson; DM Lee (1972). "Evidence for a New Phase of Solid He3". Physical Review Letters. 28 (14): 885–888. Bibcode:1972PhRvL..28..885O. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.28.885.
  3. ^ Osheroff, DD; WJ Gully; RC Richardson; DM Lee (1972). "New Magnetic Phenomena in Liquid He3 below 3mK". Physical Review Letters. 29 (14): 920–923. Bibcode:1972PhRvL..29..920O. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.29.920.
  4. ^ "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1996". The Nobel Prize in Physics. Nobel Foundation. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-05.
  5. ^ Chang, Kenneth. (2013, February 22). Robert C. Richardson, 75, Laureate in Physics, Dies. The New York Times, p B14.
  6. ^ J. (2011). 50 Renowned Academics Speaking About God (Part 1). Retrieved September 04, 2016, from "But, I do not believe in an anthropomorphic god..."

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Horst Meyer (physicist)

Horst Meyer (March 1, 1926 – August 14, 2016) was a Swiss scientist doing research in condensed matter physics.

Meyer was the son of the surgeon Arthur Woldemar Meyer in Berlin and the grandson of the pharmacologist Hans Horst Meyer. After Arthur's sudden death in 1933 he was adopted by the chemist Kurt Heinrich Meyer, the brother of Arthur, and grew up in Switzerland. After graduating from the Collège Jean Calvin in Geneva, he studied physics and physical chemistry at the universities of Geneva and of Zürich, obtaining his PhD in 1953. He was first a postdoctoral associate, later a Nuffield Fellow in the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford, from 1957 lecturer at Harvard University. In 1959 he was appointed an assistant professor at Duke University (where Fritz London was formerly on the faculty), and where he became in 1984 the Fritz London Professor and finally professor emeritus in 2004. Meyer died from cancer in 2016.He was visiting professor at the Technische Universität München (1965), the University of Tokyo and Toyota Technological Institute in Nagoya, and also 1974 and 1975 at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble. In 1992 he became co-editor of the Journal of Low Temperature Physics, and in 2014 honorary editor. In 1988 he was guest scientist of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

He was involved with experimental low temperature physics. Among the topics he did research upon were magnetic compounds, beta-quinone clathrate compounds, solid and liquid helium, solid hydrogen and deuterium, and various phase transitions such as order-disorder phase transitions in solid hydrogen. His studies also included the normal-superfluid transition in helium-4 and in mixtures of helium-3 and helium-4, and also their Liquid-Vapor critical point. Furthermore, he did research on the Rayleigh-Bénard convection and its onset in supercritical helium-3. The list of his publications, as well as the list of his former PhD students and collaborators can be found in his weblink.

In 1993 he received the Fritz London Memorial Prize and in 1982 the Jesse Beams Award of the American Physical Society, of which he was a Fellow since 1970. From 1961 until 1965 he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. In 2014 he was awarded the “University Medal” of Duke University. One of his PhD students, Robert Coleman Richardson, shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics with Douglas Osheroff and David Lee for the discovery of superfluidity in helium-3.In 1953 he married Ruth Mary Hunter (deceased in 2013) and he has one son, Christopher, who is a staff physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Michael Roukes

Michael Lee Roukes is an American experimental physicist, nanoscientist, and the Frank J. Roshek Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

Roukes earned B.A. degrees in physics and chemistry (double majors) in 1978 at University of California, Santa Cruz, with highest honors in both majors, he received his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University in 1985. His graduate advisor at Cornell was Nobel Laureate, Robert Coleman Richardson.

Roukes’ thesis research at Cornell elucidated the electron-phonon bottleneck at ultra low temperatures; the hot electron effect that is now recapitulated in texts on solid state transport physics. Stated in simplest terms, when electrons carry current in normal conductors, they heat up. At low temperatures and, now, in nanoscale devices at ordinary temperatures, their ability to dissipate this heat can be significantly impaired. This has generic implications for the operation of powered nanodevices.

After earning his Ph.D., Roukes spent seven years as a Member of Technical Staff / Principal Investigator in the Quantum Structures Research group at Bell Communications Research in New Jersey, focusing on mesoscopic physics of electron transport in nanostructures. Roukes left Bellcore to become a tenured Associate Professor of Physics at Caltech in 1992, rising to full professorship in 1995, and subsequently became Professor of Physics, Applied Physics, and Bioengineering in 2000. Upon moving to Caltech, his principal research focus changed to nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). As the earliest pioneer in this field, DARPA engaged Roukes to organize the first international workshop on NEMS in 1999, followed by a large international conference and school on nanoscale and molecular mechanics in 2002. The many alumni from his group continue to advance this field at major universities in the U.S. and abroad. Roukes' other research efforts at Caltech have focused on thermal properties of nanostructures, semiconductor spintronics, and, more recently, nanobiotechnology.

In 2002 Roukes was named the founding Director of the Kavli Nanoscience Institute (KNI) at Caltech. After stepping down between 2006–2008, to focus on co-founding the international Alliance for Nanosystems VLSI (very large scale integration) and to pursue collaborative research on NEMS VLSI in connection with a Chaire d’Excellence in Nanoscience in Grenoble (with scientists at CEA/LETI-Minatec), Roukes returned as co-Director of the KNI in 2008.

Roukes was named a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Director's Pioneer Award in 2010. In 2012 he was named Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Republic of France.Among his groups' principal achievements at Bell were observation of quenching of the Hall effect in a quasi-one-dimensional wire, elucidation of electron-boundary scattering in quantum wires, invention of "anti"-dots and elucidation of commensurability effects in this system, first elucidation of chaotic transport in mesoscopic conductor, and direct measurement of the transmission matrix for a mesoscopic conductor. Among his groups' principal achievements at Caltech are development of the first nanoelectromechanical systems, measurement of the quantum of thermal conductance, first attainment of attogram mass resolution with a NEMS resonator, first measurement of nanodevice motion at microwave frequencies, discovery of the giant planar Hall effect in semiconducting ferromagnets, observation and control of a single domain wall in a ferromagnetic semiconducting wire, first demonstration of zeptogram-scale mass sensing, first coupling of a qubit to a NEMS resonator, and first demonstration of nanomechanical mass spectrometry of single protein molecules. Roukes has authored or co-authored highly cited general interest articles on nanophysics, nanoelectromechanical systems, spintronics, and quantum electromechanics.Roukes and his collaborators have been issued 49 patents in his fields of research.

An electron micrograph of the quantum of thermal conductance device, taken by postdoc Keith Schwab and colorized by Roukes, was acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in 2008.Roukes organized TEDxCaltech: Feynman’s Vision - The Next 50 Years, held on January 14, 2011, which celebrated the genius of Caltech physicist Richard Feynman in a series of forward-looking talks in the TED (conference) format. Subsequently, he organized TEDxCaltech: The Brain, which was held on January 19, 2013 at Caltech. Talks from these events can be found online.

In 2002, with three other scientists, Roukes met with, Elias Zerhouni, the Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and the Directors of the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and several other NIH directors to propose what ultimately became the National Cancer Institute's Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer.

In 2011, Roukes was one of the six scientists first advocating, to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), a large-scale U.S. national neuroscience project to accelerate technology for functional connectomics. The group’s concept of a Brain Activity Map project ultimately led to President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, launched in 2013. In 2016, Roukes founded the multi-institution Neurotech Alliance to disseminate state-of-the-art neurotechnology to the neuroscience research community.

Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize

The Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize is an annual award given by the American Physical Society "to recognize and encourage outstanding theoretical or experimental contributions to condensed matter physics." It was endowed by AT&T Bell Laboratories as a means of recognizing outstanding scientific work. The prize is named in honor of Oliver Ellsworth Buckley, a former president of Bell Labs.

The prize is normally awarded to one person but may be shared if multiple recipients contributed to the same accomplishments. Nominations are active for three years. The prize was endowed in 1952 and first awarded in 1953.

Robert Richardson

Robert Richardson may refer to:

Robert Richardson (cinematographer) (born 1955), American cinematographer

Robert Richardson (travel writer) (1779–1847), British medical doctor and author of a travelogue

Robert Richardson (religion) (1806–1876), American medical doctor and religious leader

Robert Richardson Jr. (racing driver) (born 1982), American racing car driver

Robert Richardson (Labour politician) (1862–1943), British Labour Party Member of Parliament, 1918–1931

Robert Richardson (basketball), American basketball coach for the Utah Utes

Robert Richardson (poet) (1850–1901), Australian poet

Robert Richardson (Lord Treasurer) (died 1578), Scottish cleric and administrator

Robert Richardson (British Army officer) (1929–2014)

Robert Richardson (RAAF officer) (born 1941)

Robert A. Richardson (1827–1895), American lawyer and justice for the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

Robert Coleman Richardson (1937–2013), American physicist, 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics

Robert C. Richardson, Jr. (1882–1954), United States Army General who served during World Wars I and II

Robert C. Richardson III (1918–2011), U.S. Army officer

Robert D. Richardson (born 1934), American historian

Robert Lorne Richardson (1860–1921), Canadian journalist

Robert S. Richardson (1902–1981), American astronomer and science fiction writer (as Philip Latham)

Robert V. Richardson (1820–1870), Confederate States Army general in the American Civil War

Robert W. Richardson (1910–2007), editor of Narrow Gauge News

Robert Richardson (sitting volleyball) (born 1982), captain of the Great Britain sitting volleyball team

Robert Richardson (alpine skier) (1927–2004), Canadian alpine skier

Tapio Alvesalo

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Dr. Alvesalo has served as a Board Member in a number of high technology companies both within and outside Fortum Corporation.

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