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Victor Weisskopf

Victor WeisskopfAKA Victor Frederick Weisskopf

Born: 19-Sep-1908
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 21-Apr-2002
Location of death: Newton, MA
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Head of CERN, 1961-65

Father: Emil Weisskopf (lawyer)
Mother: Martha
Wife: Ellen Tvede (m. 4-Sep-1934, d. 1989)
Son: Thomas E. Weisskopf (professor of economics)
Daughter: Karen Worth
Wife: Duscha Scott

    University: PhD Physics, University of Göttingen (1931)
    Scholar: Research Assistant, University of Copenhagen (1932-33)
    Scholar: Institute of Technology, Zürich (1934-36)
    Professor: University of Rochester
    Professor: Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1946-60)
    Professor: Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1965-73)

    Manhattan Project Theory Division
    CERN Director General (1961-65)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences President (1976-79)
    National Academy of Sciences
    American Physical Society President (1960-61)
    Union of Concerned Scientists Board Member
    Max Planck Medal 1956
    Oersted Medal 1976
    National Medal of Science 1980
    Wolf Prize in Physics 1981 (with Freeman Dyson and Gerardus 't Hooft)
    Albert Einstein Medal 1984
    Enrico Fermi Award 1988
    Naturalized US Citizen 1943

Author of books:
Theoretical Nuclear Physics (1952, physics, with John M. Blatt)
Knowledge and Wonder: The Natural World as Man Knows It (1962)
The Privilege of Being a Physicist (1989, essays)
The Joy of Insight: Passions of a Physicist (1991, memoir)


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