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Download e-book for kindle: Achieving the Rare: Robert F Christy's Journey in Physics by I-Juliana Christy

By I-Juliana Christy

ISBN-10: 9814460249

ISBN-13: 9789814460248

Robert F Christy used to be a mythical physicist, one of many key avid gamers in probably the most dramatic occasions of the 20 th century. He was once a scholar of Oppenheimer, who referred to as him the best on this planet. He used to be an important member of Fermi's group once they first unleashed the unheard-of energies of nuclear strength, growing the world's first nuclear reactor on December 2, 1942. at the new york venture he used to be the foremost physicist within the winning try out of the world's first atomic bomb, the Christy device, at Alamogordo on July sixteen, 1945. shortly he grew to become his skills to selling the peaceable makes use of of atomic power. He effectively hostile atmospheric trying out of atomic bombs and fought nuclear proliferation, a crusade that at last resulted in the SALT talks with the Soviet Union. His favourite topic was once astrophysics the place he made basic contributions to the knowledge of Cepheids, variable stars which are the most important distance signs within the universe.

Robert was once both interesting as a guy. In his mid-50's he grew to become irresistably interested in an astrophysicist, yet they have been a continent and a iteration aside. close to his 60's they begun a cheerful and gratifying existence jointly. He remained lively either mentally and bodily into his 90's: he was once nonetheless galloping his horse at age ninety three.

Robert's tale is one in all overcoming hindrances, of wish, and of success.

Readership: For lecturers in addition to most of the people.

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There was a regular weekly seminar called the journal club. m. , and various people would give brief reports of the order of ten minutes or so on all the current work that was going on in the field anywhere in the world as well as work at Berkeley. Since Berkeley was one of the liveliest places in nuclear physics because of Lawrence’s presence with his cyclotron work and the large group that was working with him, this was a very exciting environment to be involved in. In addition there was a theoretical seminar in which there were presentations made on various theoretical subjects, both by advanced students and by post-docs who were working with Oppenheimer.

RFC: Ed McMillan was a young assistant professor in physics at the time there, and I think he was also participating in Lawrence’s cyclotron work. I’m not quite sure of that. Lawrence was probably a full professor at the time, and I remember that Lawrence got involved with other work, and Ed McMillan had to teach his electricity course at one point. D. thesis subject; and did you work on any other projects? What were all these various projects? RFC: I would guess that Oppenheimer must have suggested the thesis subject, but these subjects were chosen from things that were actively going on and where the students had interests.

He discovered that J. Robert Oppenheimer’s group at Berkeley was the leading group in North America. This influenced Robert to do his graduate work with Oppenheimer as well. When Robert got his Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honors in Mathematics and Physics in 1935, he did not think that he was prepared to apply for graduate work. However unemployment was very high and there were few jobs, due to the Great Depression. There was an opportunity at UBC for a few students to continue as graduate students while earning some money as teaching assistants.

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