Oral History

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Martin Bloch
Martin Bloch was born in Ivje, Poland in 1935. In 1941, he escaped the Ivje ghetto with his mother and brother, and joined the Bielski Artrad Jewish Partisan group. After surviving the Holocaust, he lived in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp until 1951 …read more
Léandre George Pourcelot
Léandre Pourcelot, PhD, MD, is now retired. He was born on September 7, 1940, in Orchamps-Vennes, France. He obtained the electrical engineering degree from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées …read more
James F. Scott
James F. Scott was born in New Jersey, USA, and educated at Harvard (B. A., physics 1963) and Ohio State University (Ph.D., physics 1966) …read more
Norman Ramsey Norman Ramsey
Norman Ramsey, who shared the 1989 Physics Nobel Prize, is best known for his development of the separated oscillatory field …read more
David Allan
David Allan’s 1965 master’s thesis gave birth to the Allan variance and Allan deviation. In collaboration with colleagues at NBS, he later developed the Modified Allan variance and the Time variance …read more
Mike Glazer
Mike Glazer is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick. He was born on May 1st 1943. His PhD research between 1965 and 1968 was under … read more
Jacques Vanier
Jacques Vanier completed his undergraduate studies in physics at the University of Montreal before moving to McGill University to undertake his graduate studies. During his career… read more
Raymond Besson
Raymond Besson was born on May 02, 1938, in Villars Saint Georges/France, where he still lives today. His nationality is French, and he speaks several languages including American, English … read more
Charles Maerfeld
Charles Maerfeld was born on April 29, 1940 in Paris. He got his engineering degree from “L’Ecole Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles” in Paris (1964) … read more
Yury Gulyaev
Yury Gulyaev was born on September 18, 1935 in Tomilino, a suburb of Moscow near the satellite town of Lyubertsy. He graduated from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology … read more
David Leeson
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1937, David B. Leeson, an IEEE Life Fellow, received his Ph.D. from Stanford University (Hughes Fellow) in 1962, M.S. from MIT (NSF Fellow), and B.S. from Caltech … read more 2016
Toshio Mitsui
Prof. Toshio Mitsui was born in 1926 in Hida, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. He graduated in Physics at the Hokkaido University, under the guidance of Prof. Furuichi. His area of research was … read more
Franz Seifert
Franz Seifert was born in Vienna, Austria on May 4, 1933. He joined the Vienna University of Technology in 1961 as a student and has been there ever since as a Research Engineer (1961-1967) at … read more
K. Alex Müller
Müller was born in Basel, however, raised in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland since his parents separated soon after his birth. After the early death of his mother he spent his boyhood and  … read more
Vladimir Fridkin
Professor Vladimir Mikhailovich Fridkin was born on November 23, 1929, in Moscow. In 1952 he graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Physics of Moscow State University … read more
Moises Levy
Moises Levy was born on April 8, 1930 in the Republic of Panama. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering, … read more
Eiichi Fukada
Eiichi Fukada was born on 28 March 1922 in Kokura, Japan. He received the B.Sc. degree in 1944 and the D.Sc. degree in 1960, both from the Department of Physics, University of Tokyo  … read more 2014
L. Eric Cross
Cross was born and raised in Yorkshire, England. After excelling in electrical engineering and troubleshooting during his service in the Admiralty in WWII, Cross earned his B.S. (1948) and … read more 2011
John Vig
John Vig was born in Budapest, Hungary. When he was 14, he and his family emigrated to the USA. He is a past UFFC-S president, and a past president and CEO of IEEE… read more
Richard White
A native of Denver, Colorado, Richard White earned his A.B. and A.M. degrees in Engineering Science and Applied Physics from Harvard University, followed by a Ph,D., also from Harvard, in 1956 … read more
Eric Ash
Eric Ash is an electrical engineer who has specialized primarily in electron optics and ultrasonics. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Imperial College in 1948 and … read more