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Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008
Oral history interview with Frederick Seitz, 1981 January 26, 27, March 24 and 1982 March 16.
Family background and early education, motivation and funding for college; math program at Stanford University, from 1928; physics studies at California Institute of Technology; graduate study at Princeton University, beginning 1932, atmosphere of the department, faculty (Lou Turner, Eugene Wigner, John Von Neumann); colloquia, Edward Condon. Development of applications of group theory, work in solid state with Linus Pauling, Hillard B. Huntington, Albert Sherman, William Hansen, William Shockley, Robert R. Brattain, R. Bowling Barnes. Betty Seitz; work with her on the text Modern Theory of Solids. Sodium band theory work with Wigner. To University of Rochester with Lee DuBridge. Centers for solid state work including University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, Harvard University (John Van Vleck). Work at General Electric, 1935-1936, studies of luminescence; atmosphere in industrial labs following Depression, contacts with other industrial labs; association with DuPont. State of physics in 1930s, trends at solid state centers. Work on crystal defects, pigments, leading to work on germanium and, particularly, silicon; history of study of semiconductors and influences on its development such as World War II; work on dislocations and creep; work at Westinghouse Company. World War II work with Frankford Arsenal, Dahlgren Proving Ground, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory; University of Pennsylvania, 1938; Carnegie-Mellon University, 1942, on dark trace tubes, leading to color center papers; University of Chicago work on reactors and neutron diffraction, 1943; Oak Ridge National Laboratory with Wigner; Argonne National Laboratory, solid state group. With Field Intelligence Agency Technical (FIAT), visit to Gottingen, 1945; state of solid state physics in international centers and U.S. Return to Carnegie-Mellon; diffusion theory. Pugwash Conferences; trips to Japan, 1953 and 1962, conditions and theoretical solid state work in postwar Japan. To University of Illinois, 1949 (Wheeler Loomis); John Bardeen's work, visits by Nevill Mott and Heinz Pick; McCarthyism. Development of Seitz's bibliography, changes in the study of solid state during the 1950s.
Barnes, Robert Bowling, 1906-
Brattain, Walter H. (Walter Houser), 1902-1987.
Condon, Edward Uhler, 1902-1974.
DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901-1994-
Hansen, W. W, (William Webster), 1909-1949.
Loomis, F. W. (Francis Wheeler), 1889-1976
Mott, N. F. (Nevill Francis), Sir, 1905-
Pauling, Linus, 1901-
Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008
Shockley, William, 1910-1989-
Turner, Louis Alexander, 1898-
Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957.
Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995-
Argonne National Laboratory
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie-Mellon University.
General Electric Company.
Harvard University.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Radiation Laboratory.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Princeton University.
Stanford University.
University of Chicago.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
University of Michigan.
University of Pennsylvania
University of Rochester.
University of Wisconsin.
Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company.
Color centers.
Crystallography
Solid state physics -- History
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
Diffusion.
Energy-band theory of solids.
Germanium.
Luminescence.
Metals -- Creep.
Neutrons -- Diffraction.
Nuclear reactors.
Physics -- Industrial applications.
Semiconductors -- History.
Silicon.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Transcripts. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Solid state physics -- Theoretical applications.
Bardeen, John.
Huntington, Hillard B.
Pick, Heinz, 1912-
Seitz, Betty.
Sherman, Albert.
E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.
Field Information Agency, Technical (FIAT).
Hoddeson, Lillian. interviewer.
Henriksen, Paul, interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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