Classics: Kenneth G. Wilson biographical

Nityananda, Rajaram (2017) Classics: Kenneth G. Wilson biographical. Resonance: Journal of Science Education, 22 (1). pp. 95-97. ISSN 0973-712X

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The Nobel Foundation brings out short biographical sketches of its prize winners. The material reproduced in this Classics section appears on the website of the Foundation ( prizes/physics/laureates/1982/wilson-bio.html). This autobiography was written at the time of the award and first published in the book series Les Prix Nobel. It was later edited and republished in Nobel Lectures, Physics 1981–1990 (World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 1993). One point about Kenneth Wilson’s background is worth making. Many of the great figures of 20th-century science from the United States whom we have covered in Resonance came from small town, non-academic backgrounds. Kenneth Wilson is a notable exception. His father, E Bright Wilson, was a student of the great Linus Pauling, a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard and later a professor at the same university. His name is well known to generations of physicists and chemists via two books – Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Pauling and Wilson, and Molecular Vibrations by Wilson, Decius, and Cross.

Item Type: Article
Authors: Nityananda, Rajaram
Uncontrolled Keywords: physicist.
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Physics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > School of Arts and Sciences
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