Bascom S. Deaver

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Bascom Sine Deaver, Jr. (born August 16, 1930 in Macon, GA)[1] is a physicist known for his research into superconductor applications, and is a professor and assistant chairman for undergraduate studies of the physics department at the University of Virginia. A leading researcher in the field of superconductors, he is noted for his discovery that the magnetic flux threading a superconducting ring is quantized, a foundational discovery that led to the development of superconducting quantum interference devices, superconducting magnetometers, and superconducting tunnel junction diodes for use in microwave receivers.[2] As a professor, Deaver has overseen 26 Ph.D. students, developed two undergraduate concentrations in optics and computational physics, and innovated a B.A. degree for students, a program designed to "expose students to the intellectual beauty of physics without sophisticated mathematics."[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Deaver received his undergraduate B.S. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1952, and his masters at Washington University in St. Louis in 1954.


Between 1954 and 1957 he was a physicist and commissioned lieutenant in the United States Air Force at the Air Force Special Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. Deaver began his career as a professor at the University of Virginia in 1965, having completed in 1962 his Ph.D. at Stanford University, under the supervision of William M. Fairbank, with thesis Experimental evidence for quantized magnetic flux in superconducting cylinders. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow between 1966 and 1968.[3]

Deaver has received a number of awards at the University, including the Alumni Association's Distinguished Professor Award for teaching in 2004.[4] He is a member of the American Physical Society, the Virginia Academy of Science, the Raven Society, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Pi Sigma, and Omicron Delta Kappa. In 2000 he received the George B. Pegram Award, for "Excellence in the Teaching of Physics in the Southeast", from the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society.[5]

In 2008 the physics department announced the establishment of the Bascom S. Deaver Scholarship Fund, the first undergraduate scholarship program in physics at UVA, "in recognition of Prof. Deaver's great impact on [the UVA physics] program."[6]



Inventor(s) Year Patent No. Invention Title
M. Bol, B.S. Deaver, Jr., and W.M. Fairbank 1969 U.S. Patent 3,454,875 Superconductive Circuit and Method for Measuring Magnetic Fields and Magnetic Properties of Materials Employing Serially Connected Superconducting Loops
Julia W. P. Hsu, Mark Lee, and Bascom S. Deaver, Jr. 1999 U.S. Patent 5,886,532 Nanometer Distance Regulation using Electromechanical Power Dissipation

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Hesler, J.L.; Hesler, J.L.; Hall, W.R.; Crowe, T.W.; Weikle R.M., II; Deaver B.S., Jr; Bradley, R.F.; Shing-Kuo Pan (May 1997). "Fixed-tuned submillimeter wavelength waveguide mixers using planar Schottky-barrier diodes" (PDF). IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques. 45 (5): 653–658. Bibcode:1997ITMTT..45..653H. doi:10.1109/22.575581. 
  2. ^ "Memorial Resolution: William Martin Fairbank (1917-1989)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Summary of Accomplishments: Bascom S. Deaver, Jr." (PDF). University of Virginia. Retrieved 2008-06-06. 
  4. ^ Brickhouse, Robert (2004-04-23). "2004 University of Virginia Teaching Awards". Inside UVA. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. 
  5. ^ "George B. Pegram Award". APS Physics: SESAPS (home page). Archived from the original on 5 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Bascom S. Deaver Scholarship Fund". University of Virginia Department of Physics. Archived from the original on 15 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-06.