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George Uhlenbeck

George UhlenbeckAKA George Eugene Uhlenbeck

Born: 6-Dec-1900
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Died: 31-Oct-1988
Location of death: Boulder, CO
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Cremated

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

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

With fellow student Samuel Goudsmit at Leiden, Uhlenbeck proposed the idea of electron spin in 1925, fulfilling Wolfgang Pauli's stated need for a "fourth quantum number." After graduation he obtained a position at the University of Michigan, briefly returned to teach in the Netherlands, and returned to America for the duration of WWII, where he worked at MIT Radiation Laboratory developing radar systems. After another stint teaching in the Netherlands, Uhlenbeck served as professor at the Rockefeller Medical Research Center at the State University of New York from 1960 to 1974.

Father: Eugenius Marius Uhlenbeck
Mother: Anne Marie Beeger
Sister: Annie
Brother: Willem Jan
Brother: Eugenius Marius
Wife: Else Ophorst (m. 1927)

    University: Institute of Technology, Delft
    University: PhD, University of Leiden (1927)
    Professor: University of Michigan (1927-)
    Professor: State University at Utrecht
    Professor: University of Michigan (1939-43)
    Scholar: Radiation Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1943-45)
    Professor: Rockefeller Medical Research Center, SUNY (1960-74)

    Oersted Medal 1956
    Max Planck Medal 1964 (with Samuel Goudsmit)
    Lorentz Medal 1970
    National Medal of Science 1977
    Wolf Prize in Physics 1979 (with Giuseppe Occhialini)
    American Physical Society President (1959)
    Naturalized US Citizen


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