Silvan S. Schweber

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Silvan Samuel Schweber (10 April 1928 in Strasbourg – 14 May 2017)[1] was a French-born American theoretical physicist and science historian.


In 1944 Schweber began to study chemistry at the City College of New York and in 1947 moved to the University of Pennsylvania as a physics major, where he studied with Walter Elsasser and Herbert Jehle. After obtaining his master's degree in 1949, he went to Princeton University, where he studied with David Bohm and Eugene Wigner.[2] In 1952 he received his doctorate under Arthur Wightman.[3]

After that, he was a postdoctoral fellow with Hans Bethe at Cornell University and in 1954 at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. From 1955 he was a professor at the newly founded Brandeis University.[2]

He wrote a book on relativistic quantum field theory published in 1961,[4] available in reprint by Dover Publications.[5]

Since 1981 Schweber was a Faculty Associate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University.[citation needed] He was also a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[citation needed]

In 2011 he was awarded the Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics.

Schweber died on 14 May 2017 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[6]


  1. ^ "2011 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics Recipient". American Physical Society. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b Hessenbruch, Arne (27 August 2001). "Silvan Sam Schweber interview". Caltech. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  3. ^ Silvan S. Schweber at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Schweber, Silvan S. (2011-09-12). Relativistic quantum field theory, Schweber, 1961. ISBN 9780486139609. Retrieved 12 Feb 2019.
  5. ^ "Dover publications". Retrieved 12 Feb 2019.
  6. ^ "Silvan "Sam" Schweber". Brezniak Rodman. Retrieved 20 May 2017.

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