November 4, 2011 – Death of Norman Foster Ramsey, his research had important applications in the construction of the atomic clock

Norman Foster Ramsey

When he began studying at Columbia University, he did it in Engineering, he became interested in mathematics and changed to this specialty. However, when he received his bachelor's degree from him in 1935, he had already taken an interest in Physics. It was then that, in 1940, he obtained his doctorate in this subject.

He was awarded the Kellett Scholarship to study Physics at the famous Cavendish Laboratory with Lord Rutherford and Maurcie Goldhaber at Cambridge University. He met such great scientists as Edward Appleton, Max Born, Edward Bullard, James Chadwick, John Cockcroft, Paul Dirac, Arthur Eddington, Ralph Fowler, Mark Oliphant, and J.J. Thomson.

He became a fellow at the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC, where he studied neutron-proton and proton-helium scattering.

From 1947, he was a professor of Physics at Harvard University, although he also held positions in the government and international agencies such as NATO and the United States Atomic Energy Commission.

In 1989, he shared the Nobel Prize with Hans Georg Dehmelt and Wolfgang Paul for his separate oscillatory field method which has important applications for the construction of the atomic clock.

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In addition, he helped create the United States Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratories and Fermilab.

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