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Samuel Goudsmit

Samuel GoudsmitAKA Samuel Abraham Goudsmit

Born: 11-Jul-1902
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: 4-Dec-1978
Location of death: Reno, NV
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Conceived idea of Quantum Spin

As a student at the University of Leiden, with George Uhlenbeck he postulated in 1925 the idea of electron spin, though he admits it took some time to realize this because he considered himself "not a very good physicist." After completing his education in Europe Goudsmit emigrated to the United States in 1927 and took a professorship at the University of Michigan. During WWII he performed research at the MIT Radiation Laboratory, but most importantly served as the chief of the ALSOS group for the Manhattan Project, charged with assessing the German ability to build an atomic bomb. Goudsmit later served on the staff of Brookhaven National Laboratory, from 1948 to 1970.

Father: Issac Goudsmit
Mother: Marianne Gompers Goudsmit
Wife: Jaantje Logher (m. 1927, one daughter)
Daughter: Esther Marianne
Wife: Irene Bejach (m. 1960)

    University: University of Leiden (1919-26)
    Scholar: University of Amsterdam (1923-26)
    University: PhD, University of Leiden (1927)
    Professor: University of Michigan (1927-46)
    Scholar: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1941-44)
    Professor: Northwestern University (1946-48)
    Professor: University of Reno (1970-)

    Manhattan Project Head of ALSOS
    Max Planck Medal 1964 (with George Uhlenbeck)
    National Medal of Science 1976
    American Physical Society

Author of books:
The Structure of Line Spectra (1930, with Linus Pauling)
Atomic Energy States (1932, with Robert F. Bacher)
Alsos (1947)
Time (1966, with Robert Claiborne)


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