Hermann Arthur Jahn

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Hermann Arthur Jahn
Born (1907-05-31)May 31, 1907
Colchester, England
Died October 24, 1979(1979-10-24) (aged 72)
Southampton, England
Residence Southampton
Nationality English
Fields Quantum Mechanics
Institutions Aachen University of Technology
Alma mater University College, London BSc 1928
University of Leipzig PhD
Doctoral advisor Werner Heisenberg
Known for Jahn-Teller effect

Professor Hermann Arthur Jahn[pronunciation?] (born 31 May 1907, Colchester, England; d. 24 October 1979 Southampton) was an English scientist of German origin.[1] With Edward Teller, he identified the Jahn–Teller effect.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was the son of Friedrich Wilhelm Hermann Jahn and Marion May Curtiss. He attended City School on Monks Road in Lincoln.

Jahn received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry at University College, London in 1928. He received his PhD on 14 February 1935 under the supervision of Werner Heisenberg at the University of Leipzig. The title of his dissertation was "The rotation and oscillation of the methane molecule".[3] From 1935-41 he did research at the Davy Faraday Research Laboratory at the Royal Institution in London.


From 1941 to 1946, he was based at the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough Airfield. He was (the first) Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Southampton from 1949-73. He published scientific papers on quantum mechanics and group theory.

Personal life[edit]

He married Karoline Schuler in 1943 in Hendon. They had a son (born 1944) and a daughter (born 1946). Jahn died in 1979 aged 72.


This article has been translated from the article in the German-language Wikipedia.

  1. ^ P. T. Landsberg (1980). "Hermann Arthur Jahn". Bull. London Math. Soc. 12 (5): 383–386. doi:10.1112/blms/12.5.383. 
  2. ^ H. Jahn and E. Teller (1937). "Stability of Polyatomic Molecules in Degenerate Electronic States. I. Orbital Degeneracy". Proceedings of the Royal Society A. 161 (905): 220–235. Bibcode:1937RSPSA.161..220J. doi:10.1098/rspa.1937.0142. 
  3. ^ H. A. Jahn (1935). "Rotation und Schwingung des Methanmoleküls (The rotation and oscillation of the methane molecule)". Annalen der Physik. 415 (6): 529–556. Bibcode:1935AnP...415..529J. doi:10.1002/andp.19354150604.