Charles Kittel

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Charles Kittel (born July 18, 1916 in New York) is an American physicist. He was a Professor at University of California, Berkeley, from 1951 and has been Professor Emeritus since 1978.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Charles Kittel studied at the University of Cambridge, England, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1938. He published his thesis, under Gregory Breit, in 1941 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) between 1945 and 1947. During World War II, he joined the Submarine Operations Research Group (SORG). From 1947 to 1951, he worked for Bell Laboratories, New Jersey, USA, especially on ferromagnetism.

From 1951 to 1978, he worked at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught and did research in the field of theoretical solid-state physics, a part of condensed-matter physics. He was awarded three times with Guggenheim Fellowships: in 1945, 1956 and 1963. Many well known postdoctoral fellows worked with him, including James C. Phillips and Pierre-Gilles de Gennes.[2]

Physics students worldwide study his classic text Introduction to Solid State Physics, now in its 8th edition.




  1. ^ "Biography". UC Berkeley. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  2. ^ Alphabetical list of Fellows on John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's website.
  3. ^ "Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize". AIP. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Karplus, Robert (1979). "Oersted Medal". The Physics Teacher. 17 (4): 262. Bibcode:1979PhTea..17..262K. doi:10.1119/1.2340210. 

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