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Robert Pohl

Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics Emeritus

Clark Hall, Room 331
1.Physikalisches Institut

Educational Background

B.A., 1951, Physics, University of Freiburg, Germany. MS., 1955, Physics, University of Erlangen, Germany. Ph.D., 1957, Physics, University of Erlangen, Germany. Research Associate, Erlangen University, 1957-58. Research Associate, Physics, Cornell University, 1958-60. Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1960-63; Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1963-68; Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1968-2000; Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics Emeritus, Cornell University, 2000-present. Visiting appointments at: University of Aachen, University of Stuttgart, University of Munich, University of Konstanz, University of Regensburg, University of Canterbury, Tongji University; Nuclear Research Center, Julich, Germany. Fellow, American Physical Society; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Member, National Academy of Sciences, 1999. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow 1973-74; Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, 1980-81; Oliver E. Buckley Prize, 1985; Fellow, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1988; Fellow, International Thermal Conductivity Conferences, 1989.


Experimental investigations on lattice and heat transport in crystalline and amorphous solids; crystal growth; cryogenic techniques; problems involving energy


  • Physics


  • Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP)


I am currently working on the English edition of the Introductory Physics Textbooks by my father, Robert Wichard Pohl: 

Vol.I  “ Mechanics, Acoustics, and Thermodynamics

Vol. II  : Electricity  and Optics

To appear by the end of the year,  by Springer/Berlin, the publisher of all previous  German editions.