Einstein, the Science and the Life


Einstein, the Science and the Life


Abraham Pais


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1981-1982).

Dr. Pais. Detlev W. Bronk Professor of The Rockefeller University, was born in Amsterdam. Holland. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Amsterdam in 1938 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Utrecht in 1942. In 1945, he went to the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen. Denmark. as a research fellow with Niels Bohr. Dr. Pais came to the United States in 1946 to the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. New Jersey. He became a professor there in 1950. He joined The Rockefeller University in 1963 and was named Detlev W. Bronk Professor in 1981. He was the James Arthur Balfour Professor at the Weizmann Institute in Israel and has also served as visiting professor at CERN, the European atomic energy center. In 1979. he received the 11th Annual J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Prize. awarded by the Center for Theoretical Studies of the University of Miami. Among his publications is the book. Subtle is the Lord ... the Science and the Life of Albert Einstein.

His Work: Dr. Pais is an eminent theoretical physicist and a founding father of the field of porticle physics. He and his colleagues have investigated fundamental porticle processes at high energies, symmetries of strong and weak interactions. and quantum field theory. He has played a leading role in several developments which aim to provide an explanation for the behavior of the interactions in particle physics. For example, he stated the principle of associated production which was found to govern the behavior of "strange" particles. A number of his contributions deal with the symmetry principles of physics. such as the SU( 6) theory developed around 1965. He is a co-discoverer of the idea of "particle-mixing," which is necessary for the understanding of the so-called neutral K-particle complex.

His Lecture: "Einstein, the Science and the Life"



Creation Date

April 3, 1982

Einstein, the Science and the Life