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Why the Institute for Advanced Study appealed to me


Working at the Harvard Cyclotron laboratory
Jeremy Bernstein Scientist
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Tuesday, 24 July 2018 03:55 AM
Does anybody know how to contact him? I’d like to ask if he knew my grandfather while he was...
Does anybody know how to contact him? I’d like to ask if he knew my grandfather while he was at the Cyclotron laboratory.

Gerald Holton would become a good friend. He and I were both disciples of Phillip Frank, Uncle Phillip as we called him. He said, 'I think there may be a job at the Harvard Cyclotron, because the guy who was the house theorist is leaving. There may be an opening there'. I said, 'Gee, that would be wonderful, well, what do you have to do?' He said, 'Well, you don't have to do anything, just do your work.' Okay.

So Gerry must have put in a good word for me, because I got that job, and that was the thing that completely transformed my life. I had two years there, in which I had no responsibility except my work. I just did what I wanted to do. I audited courses and I became very interested in the experiments that were being done at Stanford on electron scattering from targets. I became quite expert in that, wrote some papers on that. And so I'd written some papers, I'd given some little talks and stuff, and loved living in Cambridge. I was just… I had a great time in Cambridge. Then, of course, the two years was up. There was a question of what, then, to do.

Born in 1929, Jeremy Bernstein is an American physicist, educator and writer known for the clarity of his writing for the lay reader on the major issues of modern physics. After graduating from Harvard University, Bernstein worked at Harvard and at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton. In 1962 he became an Associate Professor of Physics at New York University, and later a Professor of Physics at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, a position he continues to hold. He was also on the staff of The New Yorker magazine.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: Harvard Cyclotron laboratory, Stanford University, Gerald Holton, Philipp Frank

Duration: 1 minute, 24 seconds

Date story recorded: 15th June 2011

Date story went live: 07 September 2011