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Oral history interview with Frederick Seitz, 1981 January 26 to 1982 March 16.

Author: Frederick Seitz; Lillian Hoddeson; Paul Henriksen
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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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
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Genre/Form: Oral history
Interview
Transcript
Audiotapes
Named Person: Robert Bowling Barnes; Walter H Brattain; Edward Uhler Condon; Lee A DuBridge; W W Hansen; Francis Wheeler Loomis; N F Mott, Sir; Linus Pauling; William Shockley; Louis A Turner; John Von Neumann; Eugene Paul Wigner
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Seitz; Lillian Hoddeson; Paul Henriksen
OCLC Number: 82694689
Notes: Advance notice of two business days required to use audio or video tapes.
Includes table of contents.
Interview conducted by Lillian Hoddeson and Paul Henriksen on 26 January 1981 to 16 March 1982.
Interview conducted as part of the International Project in the History of Solid State Physics.
Description: Sound recordings: 4 sound cassettes (ca. 6.0 hrs.), 4 sessions. Transcript: 116 p.

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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.

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