[time-nuts] Norman Ramsey

J. Forster jfor at quikus.com
Thu Feb 9 02:07:49 UTC 2012

Three of the GREAT MEN of atomic physics have died pretty recently, R.V.
Pound, Ed Purcell, and Norman Ramsey. They were call at Harvard.



>   Just a month ago I found out that Norman Ramsey had died.
> I met and talked with him about 20 some odd years ago before he recieved
> the Nobel Prize for Physics.
> He talked about the first Magentron that he ever saw which was a secret
> weapon brought to
> the US to be tested and worked with to make high resolution radar. He was
> at MIT at the time.
>   He was an interesting fellow to talk to. One of our faculty at the
> University of Kentucky was
> one of his graduate students when he was working on the atomic frequency
> standard. When
> he received the check, many years after he developed the "atomic clock" he
> gave about half
> to his graduate students that had worked with him. He worked out a deal to
> purchase a number of
> computers, and each of these guys got one. The one Dr. McAdam got was an
> AT&T 16 bit system.
> Fairly fancy at the time.
>   I have a couple of Rubidium sources and think about my short discussion
> with him at the time.
> His graduate student was  a ham but Dr. Ramsey never was. Dr. McAdam did a
> great deal of
> research in atomic physics at UofK before he retired a couple of years
> ago.
> 73
> Bill wa4lav
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