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Kurt Gottfried

Professor Emeritus

Kurt Gottfried

Newman, Floyd R. Laboratory, Room 312
441 Savage Fram Drive

Educational Background

B.Eng., 1951. M.S., 1952, McGill University. Ph.D., 1955, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Junior Fellow, Harvard University, 1955-58. Research Fellow, Bohr Institute & Harvard, 1958-60. Assistant Professor, Physics, Harvard University, 1960-1964. Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1964-68. Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1968 - 1998. Professor Emeritus, Cornell University, 1998-present. Department Chair, Physics, Cornell University, 1991-94. Visiting appointments at: Massachusetts Institute of Technology; CERN, Geneva. Chair, American Physical Society Committee on International Freedom. Chair, American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields, 1981. American Physical Society Councilor-at-Large, 1990-94. Member, American Physical Society Executive Board, 1992-94. American Physical Society Szilard Award, 1991. Chair, Board of Directors, Union of Concerned Scientists, 1999-2009. Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Member, Council on Foreign Relations.


Foundations of quantum mechanics


  • Physics


Nuclear Power and Nuclear Weapons, Proc. Science-Technology-Society Forum, Kyoto October 2008

Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals (with Tung-Mow Yan), pp. 620, Springer 2003.

Inferring the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics from the classical limit, Nature 405, 533-536 (2000)

Sowing Nuclear Misconceptions, Nature 403, 131-133 (2000)

Two-particle interference, Am. J. Phys. 68, 143-147 (2000)

Physicists in Politics, Physics Today, March 1999, 42-48

Science as a cultural construct (with Kenneth G. Wilson), Nature 386, 545-547 (1997)

Did Bohr Share Nuclear Secrets? (with H.A. Bethe and R.Z. Sagdeev), Scientific American May 1995, 65-70