Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976

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John Clarke Slater was a physicist. He graduated from Harvard (Ph. D. 1923) and continued his studies at Cambridge University. He also studied in Copenhagen for six months under Niels Bohr, with whom Slater worked again in 1929 on the quantum theory. He returned to the United States in 1930 to become head of the department of physics at M.I.T., where he worked with Karl Compton to transform the study of physics there.

From the description of Papers, 1908-1976. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 154298118

Physicist (solid state physics). On the physics faculty at Harvard University, 1924-1930; Massachusetts Institute of Technology: faculty and department chair, 1930-1966; staff member of the Radiation Laboratory, 1940-1945; on the physics and chemistry faculty at the University of Florida from 1964.

From the description of Correspondence and autobiographical account of the history of writing of the Bohr-Kramer-Slater paper in 1924, 1968. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78159141

From the description of History of the M.I.T. Physics Department, 1930-1948. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84447550

John Clarke Slater was a physicist.

From the description of Excerpts from letters, 1924. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 154298264

From the guide to the John Clarke Slater, excerpts from letters, 1924, 1924, (American Philosophical Society)

John Clarke Slater, 1900-1976, AB 1920, University of Rochester; AM 1922, PhD 1923, Harvard University, taught physics at Harvard from 1924 to 1930. In 1930 Slater came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as head of the Department of Physics at the invitation of Karl Compton soon after the latter assumed the presidency of MIT in 1930. Working with President Compton, Professor Slater played a prominent part in expanding and strengthening science curriculum and research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1951 Slater was named Institute Professor, the first faculty member to hold that title. In 1966 he retired as Institute Professor emeritus and continued to be active professionally at both MIT and the University of Florida.

From 1940 to 1945 John Slater was a staff member of the government's radar research Radiation Laboratory housed on the MIT campus, and leader of Group 43, Theoretical Group. At MIT after the war he helped in the transformation of the Radiation Laboratory into the Research Laboratory of Electronics and helped to establish the Laboratory for Nuclear Science. His research focused on atomic and solid state physics, in which he made fundamental contributions to the science underlying the transistor.

From the guide to the Typescript of "A Physicist of the Lucky Generation, " by John C. Slater, circa 1975, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections)

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referencedIn J. H. (John Hasbrouck) Van Vleck papers, 1923-1959, 1923-1959 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976. Papers, 1908-1976. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Herring, William Conyers, 1914-. Oral history interview with William Conyers Herring, 2000 August 5. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Evans, Robley Dunglison, 1907-. Oral history interview with Robley D. Evans, 1972 May 2 to 14 June 1978. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hoyt, Frank Clark, 1898-. Oral history interview with Frank Clark Hoyt, 1964 April 28. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Bradbury, Norris Edwin, 1909-1997. Oral history interview with Norris Edwin Bradbury, 1976 February 11. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978. Papers, 1928-1932. American Philosophical Society Library
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referencedIn Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President, records of Karl Taylor Compton and James Rhyne Killian, 1930-1959 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Villars, Donald Statler, 1900-. Intellectual autobiography, 1964. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Nix, Foster Cary, 1905-. Oral history interview with Foster Cary Nix, 1975 June 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Rose Camille LeDieu Mooney-Slater papers, 1917-1981, 1917-1981 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Shankland, Robert S., 1908-. Oral history interview with Robert S. Shankland, 1974 August 20 and 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Waller, Ivar, 1898-1991. Papers, ca. 1912-1989. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Mulliken, Robert Sanderson. Papers, 1908-1985 (inclusive), 1920s-1985 (bulk). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn American Physical Society. Annual Meeting (1977 : Chicago, Ill.). Memorial session for John C. Slater [sound recording] / 1977 February 7. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962. Manuscripts, other authors, 1910-1961. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Schrieffer, J. R. (John Robert), 1931-. Oral history interview with John Robert Schrieffer, 1974 September 26 and 1976 January 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Urey, Harold Clayton, 1893-1981. Oral history interview with Harold Clayton Urey, 1964 March 24. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981. Oral history interview with James Brown Fisk, 1976 June 24, American Institute of Physics
referencedIn David and Clara Shoemaker Papers, 1930-2000 Oregon State University LibrariesSpecial Collections & University Archives Research Center
referencedIn Löwdin, Per-Olov, 1916-2000. Oral history interview with Per Olov Löwdin, 1975 January 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Kemble, Edwin C. (Edwin Crawford), 1889-. Oral history interview with Edwin C. Kemble, 1962 May 11 to 1963 October 2 American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Kip, Arthur F. Oral history interview with Arthur Frederic Kip, 1982 June 16. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Bardeen, John, 1908-. Oral history interview with John Bardeen, 1984 May 29. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-. The first ten years of John Slater's scientific career, ca. 1979. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hund, Friedrich, 1896-1997. Oral history interview with Friedrich Hund, 1963 June 25 and 26. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Archive for the History of Quantum Physics, 1898-1950 (bulk), 1898-1950 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf John Clarke Slater, excerpts from letters, 1924, 1924 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Krutter, Harry, 1911-. Oral history interview with Harry Krutter, 1980 March 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Mooney-Slater, Rose Camille LeDieu, 1902-1981. Papers, 1917-1981. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Samuel Abraham Goudsmit papers, 1928-1932, 1928-1932 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Klein, Oskar. Oral history interview with Oskar Benjamin Klein, 1962 September 25 to 16 July 1963. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Shockley, William, 1910-1989. Oral history interview with William Shockley, 1974 September 10. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Holden, Alan. Oral history interview with Alan Holden, 1974 July 30 and 21 June 1976. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Herring, William Conyers, 1914-. Oral history interview with William Conyers Herring, 1974 July 23, 29, 31 October. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976. History of the M.I.T. Physics Department, 1930-1948. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Mulliken, Robert Sanderson. Oral history interview with Robert S. Mulliken, 1964 February 1. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976. Excerpts from letters, 1924. American Philosophical Society Library
creatorOf Typescript of "A Physicist of the Lucky Generation, " by John C. Slater, circa 1975 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Mulliken, Robert S. Papers, 1908-1985 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn John Clarke Slater Papers, 1908-1976 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976. Oral history interview with John Clarke Slater, 1970 February 23 and 7. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976. Oral history interview with John Clarke Slater, 1963 October 3 and 8. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976. Correspondence and autobiographical account of the history of writing of the Bohr-Kramer-Slater paper in 1924, 1968. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf American Physical Society. Meeting (1976 : Washington, D.C.). Symposium at the 50th anniversary of quantum mechanics [sound recording] / 1976 April 26. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Gingrich, Newell Shiffer, 1906-. Student notebooks, 1927-1929. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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