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Norman F. Ramsey

Norman F. RamseyAKA Norman Foster Ramsey, Jr.

Born: 27-Aug-1915
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Died: 4-Nov-2011
Location of death: Wayland, MA
Cause of death: Natural Causes

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Energy levels of atoms

US physicist Norman F. Ramsey studied under Isidor Isaac Rabi, and developed the separated-oscillatory-field method in 1950, which had important applications in the construction of atomic clocks. For this work he won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1989, shared with Wolfgang Paul and Hans G. Dehmelt. He also researched high-energy particle scattering, low-energy magnetic resonance, magnetic moments, radar, nuclear forces, neutron-proton and proton-helium scattering, the rotational magnetic moments of molecules, the structural shape of nuclear particles, and the thermodynamics of energized populations of atoms and molecules.

Father: Norman F. Ramsey (US Army ordnance officer, Brig. Gen., b. 9-Jul-1882)
Mother: Minnie Bauer Ramsey (mathematics professor, University of Kansas)
Wife: Elinor Stedman Jameson (m. 3-Jun-1940, d. 1983, four daughters)
Wife: Ellie Welch (m. 1985, three stepchildren)

    University: Fort Leavenworth High School, Leavenworth, KS (1931)
    University: BA Mathematics, Columbia University (1935)
    University: PhD, Columbia University (1940)
    Scholar: Radiation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1940-43)
    Scholar: Brookhaven National Laboratory (1946-47)
    Teacher: Harvard University (1947-50)
    Professor: Harvard University (1950-66)
    Professor: Higgins Professor of Physics, Harvard University (1966-86)
    Administrator: Trustee, Rockefeller University (1977-)

    Presidential Medal for Merit 1947
    E. O. Lawrence Award 1960
    APS Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic or Surface Physics 1974
    IEEE Medal of Honor 1984
    APS I.I. Rabi Prize in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics 1985
    Rumford Prize 1985
    AIP Karl Taylor Compton Medal 1986
    Oersted Medal 1988
    National Medal of Science 1988
    Nobel Prize for Physics 1989 (with Wolfgang Paul and Hans G. Dehmelt)
    Vannevar Bush Award 1995
    Manhattan Project Los Alamos (1943-45)
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Trustee, 1962-85
    American Physical Society President, 1978-79
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Institute of Physics Chairman, 1980-86
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Trustee, 1962-86
    Carnegie Institution for Science Fellowship, 1940
    Federation of American Scientists Board of Sponsors
    Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship 1937
    National Academy of Sciences
    National Research Council Board of Physics and Astronomy, 1985-89
    NATO Official Advanced Study Institutes
    American Philosophical Society
    French Academy of Sciences Foreign Associate
    Scientists and Engineers for America
    Universities Research Association President, 1966-72
    US Atomic Energy Commission Advisory Committee, 1960-72
    Phi Beta Kappa Society President, 1984-88
    German Ancestry Maternal
    Scottish Ancestry Paternal

Author of books:
Experimental Nuclear Physics (1953, physics, with Emilio Segrč)
Nuclear Moments (1953, physics)
Molecular Beams (1956, physics)
Quick Calculus (1965, with Daniel Kleppner)
Spectroscopy with Coherent Radiation (1989, collected papers)

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