William M. Fairbank
Fairbank obtained his A. B. degree from Whitman College (1939) and his Ph.D. in physics from Yale University (1948) under the supervision of C. T. Lane. He then went on to a productive academic career.
- Assistant Professor of Physics, Amherst College, 1947–1952
- Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics, Duke University, 1952–1959
- Professor to Max H. Stein Professor of Physics, Stanford University 1959–1985
- Emeritus Professor of Physics, Stanford University 1985–1989
Fairbank had, at Duke, 7 doctoral students and, at Stanford, 47 doctoral students, including Blas Cabrera, Bascom S. Deaver, Alexander J. Dessler and Arthur F. Hebard. His three sons are: William M. Fairbank Jr. (a physicist and Fellow of the APS), Robert Harold Fairbank (an antitrust, business, consumer and IP lawyer in Los Angeles), and Richard Dana Fairbank (founder and CEO of Capital One). He was involved in work on Gravity Probe B.
- Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize from the APS, 1963
- Fritz London Memorial Lecture, 1965
- Member of the National Academy of Sciences, 1966.
- Fritz London Memorial Award, 1968
- Cabrera, Blas; Everitt, C. W. F.; Deaver Jr., Bascom S. (February 1991). "Obituary. William M. Fairbank". Physics Today. 44 (2): 112–113. Bibcode:1991PhT....44b.112C. doi:10.1063/1.2810005.
- APS - 2006 APS March Meeting - Event - Low Temperature Physics at Yale in the late 30's through the early 50's The low temperature program at Yale was initiated by Cecil Taverner Lane (1904–1991) in 1937.
- http://www.aip.org/history/acap/biographies/bio.jsp?fairbankw APS Biography
- http://www.phy.duke.edu/william-m-fairbank Duke University Biography
- William M. Fairbank Jr. | Physics, Colorado State University website