John H. Van Vleck

Fellow: Awarded 1929

Field of Study: Physics

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 03-13-1899

Died: 10-27-1980


As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1929–30:

Van Vleck, John Hasbrouck:  Appointed to do research in quantum mechanics, in Europe; tenure, seven months from February 1, 1930.

Born March 13, 1899, at Middletown, Connecticut. Education:  University of Wisconsin, A. B., 1920; Harvard University, A. M., 1921, Ph. D., 1922.

Instructor in Physics, 1922–23, Harvard University; Assistant and Associate Professor of Theoretical Physics, 1923–27, Professor, 1927–28, University of Minnesota; Summer Lecturer, Stanford University, 1927; Professor of Theoretical Physics, 1928—, University of Wisconsin; Associate Editor of the Physical Review.

Publications: “Quantum Principles and Line Spectra” (Bulletin of the National Research Council), 1926. Articles in Physical Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of the Optical Society of America.


Nobel Prize, Physics, 1977