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David Lee

James Gilbert White Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, Emeritus

David Lee

Educational Background

.B., 1952, Harvard University. U.S. Army, 1952-54. M.S., 1955, University of Connecticut. Ph.D., 1959, Yale University. Instructor, Physics, Cornell University, 1959-60. Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1960-63. Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1963-69. Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 1969-99. James G. White Distinguished Professor of the Physical Sciences, Cornell University, 1999-2007. Visiting appointments at: Brookhaven National Laboratory; University of Florida; Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France, Chaire Municipale. John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 1966-67 and 1974-75; Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow, 1977. Fellow, American Physical Society; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Member, National Academy of Sciences. Shared Sir Francis Simon Memorial Prize, 1976; Shared Oliver Buckley Prize of the American Physical Society, 1981; Nobel Prize in Physics, 1996 (with D.D. Osheroff and R. C. Richardson); Wilbur Cross Medal, Yale University, 1999, Foreign Member, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2003.



Liquid and solid helium; spin polarized hydrogen gas; superconductivity; magnetic resonance; ultra-low temperature cryogenics; impurity helium solids


  • Physics


  • Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP)