Simple Problems in Physics


Simple Problems in Physics


Willis E. Lamb


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1980-81).

Dr. Lamb was born in Los Angeles and received his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a professor of physics at Columbia, Stanford, and Yale, and was Wykeham Professor of Physics and Fellow of New College at Oxford University. He is now professor of physics and optical sciences at the University of Arizona. He has been a visiting lecturer or professor at Harvard, University of Colorado, Kyoto University and the Tate Institute of Fundamental Research in Bombay, India, and was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Grenoble. He has won the Rumford Premium of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Guthrie A ward from the Physical Society of London, and the Nobel Prize in physics.

Dr. Lamb was awarded the 1955 Nobel Prize in physics along with Dr. Polykarp Kusch for his discoveries regarding the structure of the hydrogen spectrum. Using very fine microwave spectroscopy, he was able to demonstrate a small but clear deviation from the long-standing predictions of the very successful Dirac theory in quantum mechanics. This so-called "Lamb shift" exerted a critical influence on the development of quantum electrodynamics. Dr. Lamb will speak on "Simple Problems in Physics," examining the complex questions inherent in apparently simple physics problems.



Creation Date

April 25, 1981

Simple Problems in Physics