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A Conversation with Valentine L.Telegdi – Part I

Lippincott, Sara (2007) A Conversation with Valentine L.Telegdi – Part I. Physics in Perspective, 9 (4). pp. 434-467. ISSN 1422-6944. doi:10.1007/s00016-006-0306-2.

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The Hungarian experimental physicist Valentine L.Telegdi, who died on April 8, 2006, recalls his early interest in physics and chemistry; his education as a chemical engineer at Lausanne University and eventual turn toward experimental physics; and his graduate work at ETH, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Ph.D. 1950). Goes to the University of Chicago in 1951; recollections of Enrico Fermi, Murray Gell-Mann, Leo Szilard, and other colleagues there. Recalls his work with Jerome Friedman on parity violation in muon decay and his work at CERN with Richard Garwin. Discouraged with state of physics in Chicago, he returns to ETH in 1976, with a joint appointment at CERN. Begins regular visits to Caltech in 1981; compares the style of teaching and research there with his European experience. Discusses his 1987 festschrift at CERN; Gell-Mann’s 1989 festschrift at Caltech; recollections of Richard Feynman, Gell-Mann, Edward Witten. Comments on current state of particle physics.

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Additional Information:© 2007 Birkhäuser Verlag. The following interview was conducted in Pasadena in March 2002, as part of the Caltech Archives’ Oral History Project. The second part will appear in the next issue.
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Official Citation:Lippincott, S. A Conversation with Valentine L.Telegdi – Part I. Phys. perspect. 9, 434–467 (2007).
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