Alfvén, Hannes, 1908-1995

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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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referencedIn John Archibald Wheeler Papers, 1880-2008, 1880-2008 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Alfvén, Hannes, 1908-1995. Papers, 1931-1992. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Wilcox, John M. (John Marsh), 1925-. John Marsh Wilcox papers, 1955-1990 (inclusive), 1955-1983 (bulk). Stanford University Libraries
creatorOf Alfvén, Hannes, 1908-1995. Papers, 1945-1991. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn John Marsh Wilcox papers, 1955-1990, 1955-1983 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Alfvén, Hannes, 1908-1995. Papers, 1945-1991. University of California, San Diego, UC San Diego Library; UCSD Library
creatorOf Alfvén, Hannes, 1908-1995. Papers. American Institute of Physics
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associatedWith Akasofu, Syun-Ichi. person
associatedWith Anderson, Victor C., person
associatedWith Anderson, Victor C. (Victor Charles), 1921- person
associatedWith Arp, Halton, person
associatedWith Arp, Halton C. person
associatedWith Carlqvist, Per, person
associatedWith Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Research. corporateBody
associatedWith De Vaucouleurs, Gérard, 1918-1995, person
associatedWith Johanson, Gunnar, 1951- person
associatedWith Kopal, Zdeněk, 1914-1993, person
associatedWith Lehnert, B. (Bo), 1926- person
associatedWith Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994, person
associatedWith Peratt, Anthony L. person
associatedWith Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs. corporateBody
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associatedWith United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith University of California, San Diego corporateBody
associatedWith Urey, Harold Clayton, 1893-1981, person
associatedWith Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008 person
associatedWith Wilcox, John M. (John Marsh), 1925- person
associatedWith York, Herbert F. (Herbert Frank). person
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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
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Physicists--Correspondence--Sweden
Physicists
Physicists--Correspondence--United States
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Birth 1908-05-30

Death 1995-04-02

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