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Willis Eugene Lamb Jr. (1913-2008)
|Born||July 12, 1913|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Died||May 15, 2008 (aged 94)|
Tucson, Arizona, U.S.
|Institutions||University of Arizona|
University of Oxford
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Doctoral advisor||J. Robert Oppenheimer|
|Doctoral students||Theodore Maiman|
Balázs László Győrffy
Murray Sargent III
Stanley L. Kaufman
|Known for||Lamb shift|
|Notable awards||Nobel Prize in Physics (1955)|
Willis Eugene Lamb, Jr. (July 12, 1913 – May 15, 2008) was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1955 "for his discoveries concerning the fine structure of the hydrogen spectrum". Lamb and Polykarp Kusch were able to precisely determine certain electromagnetic properties of the electron. See Lamb shift. Lamb was a professor at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences.
Lamb was born in Los Angeles, California, United States and attended Los Angeles High School. First admitted in 1930, he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley in 1934. For theoretical work on scattering of neutrons by a crystal, guided by J. Robert Oppenheimer, he received the Ph.D. in physics in 1938. Because of limited computational methods available at the time, this research narrowly missed revealing the Mössbauer Effect, 19 years before its recognition by Mössbauer. Lamb was the Wykeham Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford from 1956 to 1962, and also taught at Yale, Columbia, Stanford and the University of Arizona. Lamb died on May 15, 2008, at the age of 94.
- Biography and Bibliographic Resources, from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, United States Department of Energy
- Obituary, University of Arizona, 16 May, 2008.
- Hans Bethe talking about Willis Lamb on Peoples Archive.
- Willis E Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics.
- Nobel lecture
- Collection of articles and group photograph (This photograph includes, right to left, Marlan Scully, W. E. Lamb, John L. Hall, and F. J. Duarte).
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