Alfvén, Hannes, 1908-1995

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1908-05-30
Death 1995-04-02
Swedes
Swedish

Biographical notes:

Astrophysicist who contributed significantly to advances in fields of magnetohydrodynamics, plasma physics, geophysics, thermonuclear reaction, and cosmology. Alfven shared the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physics with Louis Neel. He formulated several controversial explanations of the behavior of interstellar magnetic fields, which undermined the "big bang" theory of the creation of the universe. Though initially viewed with great skepticism, Alfven's theories came to have a revolutionizing influence on astrophysics and geophyics. He was also an advocate for the destruction of nuclear armanments, a concern he shared with Harold Urey and other scientists. During the last decades of his life, Alfven held a joint teaching / research appointment at the University of California, San Diego and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

From the description of Papers, 1945-1991. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 34893569

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego (theoretical magnetohydrodynamics).

From the description of Papers. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122297794

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego (theoretical magnetohydrodynamics). Died 1995.

From the description of Papers, 1931-1992. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78585367

Astrophysicist who contributed significantly to advances in fields of magnetohydrodynamics, plasma physics, geophysics, thermonuclear reaction, and cosmology. Alfven shared the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physics with Louis Neel. His teaching posts included the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego and the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He was also an advocate of nuclear armaments destruction, working actively with other scientists such as Harold Urey to prevent nuclear proliferation and conflict. He died 1995.

From the description of Papers, 1945-1991. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154303350

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Subjects:

  • Famine
  • Cosmology
  • Nobel prizes
  • Nuclear arms control
  • Physics--Study and teaching
  • Physicists--Biography
  • Power resources
  • Magnetohydrodynamic waves
  • Peace movements
  • Controlled fusion
  • Plasma waves
  • Geophysics
  • Space sciences--Research
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Overpopulation
  • Nuclear energy

Occupations:

  • Physicists--Correspondence--Sweden
  • Physicists
  • Physicists--Correspondence--United States

Places:

  • Sweden (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)