Penzias, Arno A.

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From the description of Papers of Arno A. Penzias. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71208767

Biographical Note

  • 1933, April 26: Born, Munich, Germany
  • 1939: Fled with family from Germany to England
  • 1940: Immigrated to the United States with his family and settled in New York, N.Y.
  • 1946: Became a naturalized citizen of the United States
  • 1954: B.S., College of the City of New York, New York, N.Y. Married Anne Pearl Barras
  • 1954 - 1956 : Radar officer, Army Signal Corps
  • 1956 - 1958 : Research assistant, Columbia Radiation Laboratory, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1958: M.A., Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1961: Started thirty-seven year career at Bell Laboratories and its successor Lucent Technologies
  • 1962: Ph.D. in physics, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1964: Discovered with Robert W. Wilson uniform microwave radiation emanating from all directions in the universe, documenting the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe
  • 1972 - 1976 : Director, Radio Research Laboratories, Bell Laboratories
  • 1978: Awarded with Robert W. Wilson the Nobel Prize for Physics
  • 1981 - 1995 : Vice president for research, Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies
  • 1989: Published Ideas and Information: Managing in a High-Tech World. New York: Norton
  • 1995: Published Harmony: Business, Technology & Life after Paperwork. New York: HarperBusiness
  • 1995 - 1998 : Vice president and chief scientist, AT &T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories Innovations
  • 1998: Retired from Lucent Technologies and became a venture partner with New Enterprise Associates

From the guide to the Arno A. Penzias Papers, 1931-2006, (bulk 1963-1998), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Wilkinson, David T. Oral history interview with David Todd Wilkinson, 1984 September 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Arno A. Penzias Papers, 1931-2006, (bulk 1963-1998) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Herbert Friedman Papers, 1940-2000 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Alpher, Ralph. Oral history interview with Ralph Alpher and a joint interview with Robert Herman, 1983 August 11 and 12. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Ferris, Timothy. Interviews conducted for book, THE RED LIMIT, 1974-1976. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Alpher, Ralph. person
correspondedWith Ash, E. A. person
associatedWith Bell Telephone Laboratories. corporateBody
correspondedWith Block, David person
correspondedWith Dicke, Robert H. (Robert Henry) person
correspondedWith Encrenaz, Pierre J. person
associatedWith Ferris, Timothy. person
correspondedWith Fleury, Paul A. person
correspondedWith Friedman, Herbert, 1916-2000 person
correspondedWith Gamow, George, 1904-1968 person
correspondedWith Gazalé, Midhat J., 1929- person
correspondedWith Gilder, George F., 1939- person
correspondedWith Herman, Robert, 1914- person
correspondedWith Inose, Hiroshi, 1927- person
correspondedWith Julesz, Bela person
associatedWith Lucent Technologies (Firm) corporateBody
correspondedWith Morrison, Philip person
correspondedWith Nachtigall, Dieter, 1927- person
correspondedWith Peebles, P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin) person
correspondedWith Queisser, Hans J., 1931- person
correspondedWith Radner, Roy, 1927- person
correspondedWith Shoji, Masakazu, 1936- person
correspondedWith Spitzer, Lyman, 1914-1997 person
correspondedWith Stibitz, George R. (George Robert), 1904-1995 person
correspondedWith Townes, Charles H. person
correspondedWith Uenohara, Michiyuki, 1925-2007 person
correspondedWith Weinberg, Steven, 1933- person
associatedWith Wilkinson, David T. person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert Woodrow, 1936- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Big bang theory
Cosmic background radiation


Birth 1933-04-26





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