Sigurd Zienau

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Sigurd Zienau
Born c. 1921
Died October 18, 1976
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields Physicist
Institutions University College London
University of Liverpool
Alma mater Birkbeck College
Academic advisors Walter Heitler
Wolfgang Pauli
Herbert Fröhlich
Doctoral students Paul C. W. Davies
Hugh Osborn
Patricio Cordero
Known for Theory of the polaron
Influenced Freya Mathews[1]

Sigurd Zienau (1921–1976) was a physicist notable for the theory of the polaron.


His undergraduate studies were in mathematics at Birkbeck College. His further studies in physics were very much in the 'old school' European style at the time and he variously studied under Walter Heitler, Wolfgang Pauli, and Herbert Fröhlich.


In 1954, he became an ICI Fellow and lecturer at the University of Liverpool. Then in 1965, he became a Reader in Physics at University College London until his early death at the age of 55. As well as his work on polarons he is remembered for his insightful revisions of Walter Heitler's book Quantum Theory of Radiation and Nevill Francis Mott & Harrie Massey's book The Theory of Atomic Collisions.

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  • E. A. Power and F. F. Heymann, "Sigurd Zienau," (Obituary) Nature, Vol. 266, pp. 201–202, 1977.


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