Robert Coleman Richardson

About Robert Coleman Richardson

Who is it?: Physicist
Birth Day: June 26, 1937
Birth Place: Washington, D.C., United States, United States
Residence: United States
Alma mater: Virginia Tech (B.S., M.S.) Duke University (Ph.D.)
Known for: Discovering superfluidity in helium-3
Awards: Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (1970) Nobel Prize in Physics (1996)
Fields: Physics
Institutions: Cornell University
Doctoral advisor: Horst Meyer

Robert Coleman Richardson

Robert Coleman Richardson was born on June 26, 1937 in Washington, D.C., United States, United States, is Physicist. Robert Coleman Richardson was an American experimental physicist who won a share of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics. Working as a senior researcher in the Cornell University Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics, he along with David Lee and Douglas Osheroff discovered the property of superfluidity in helium-3 atoms which was a very vital discovery in experimental physics. Born in Washington D.C., he grew up during the World War II. As a young boy, he loved to attend school though he was not a particularly bright student. He was very active in the Boy Scouts and served as a counselor in Camp Letts, a Boy Scout Camp, during his high school years. He joined the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, initially opting for a course in electric engineering. However, he soon became bored and shifted to physics as a major. He furthered his education after his graduation and eventually earned a Ph.D. in physics from Duke University. He moved to Cornell University as a postdoctoral researcher and was promoted to assistant professor. It was during the beginning of his long career at Cornell that he became a part of the research team that discovered superfluidity in the isotope helium-3.
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As per our current Database, Robert Coleman Richardson has been died on February 19, 2013(2013-02-19) (aged 75)\nIthaca, New York, U.S..

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When Robert Coleman Richardson die, Robert Coleman Richardson was 75 years old.

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Occupation Scientists
Age 75 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Born June 26, 1937 (Washington, D.C., United States, United States)
Birthday June 26
Town/City Washington, D.C., United States, United States
Nationality United States

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Richardson attended Virginia Tech and received a B.S. in 1958 and a M.S. in 1960. He received his PhD from Duke University in 1965.


At the time of his death, he was the Floyd Newman Professor of Physics at Cornell University, although he no longer operated a laboratory. From 1998 to 2007 he served as Cornell's vice provost for research, and from 2007 to 2009 was senior science adviser to the President and provost. His past experimental work focused on using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to study the quantum properties of liquids and solids at extremely low temperatures.

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