Memories of Julian: A Celebration of the Centennial of the Birth of Julian Schwinger

Julian Schwinger

Monday, February 12, 2018
@ 4:15PM
Jefferson Lab 250
17 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA

A panel discussion, moderated by Prof. Howard Georgi, will include the following speakers:

  • Walter Gilbert (Chair of the Society of Fellows Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University)
  • Sheldon Glashow (Arthur G.B. Metcalf Professor of Mathematics and the Sciences, Boston University)
  • Roy Glauber (Mallinckrodt Research Professor of Physics, Harvard University)
  • Daniel Kleitman (Professor of Applied Mathematics, Emeritus, MIT)

Julian Seymour Schwinger (February 12, 1918 – July 16, 1994) was one of the greatest physicists of the twentieth century, responsible for much of modern quantum field theory, including a variational approach, and the equations of motion for quantum fields. He developed the first electroweak model, and the first example of confinement in 1+1 dimensions. He is also responsible for the theory of multiple neutrinos, Schwinger terms, and the theory of the spin 3/2 field.

Schwinger was a member of the Harvard Physics faculty from 1945 to 1974, since 1966 as the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics. In 1965, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics with Richard Feynman and Shin-ichirō Tomonaga "for their fundamental work in quantum electrodynamics, with deep-ploughing consequences for the physics of elementary particles."

Having supervised 73 doctoral dissertations, Schwinger is known as one of the most prolific graduate advisors in physics. Four of his students have won Nobel prizes: Roy Glauber, Benjamin Roy Mottelson, Sheldon Glashow and Walter Kohn (in chemistry).    (adapted from Wikipedia)

Former Students Reminisce about Julian:

Read Yee Jack Ng (PhD, 1974, Harvard), Kenan Professor of Physics, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Stanley Deser (PhD, 1953, Harvard), Ancell Professor of Physics, Emeritus. [mp4]