Clifford Shull

About Clifford Shull

Who is it?: Physicist
Birth Day: September 23, 1915
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died On: March 31, 2001(2001-03-31) (aged 85)\nMedford, Massachusetts
Birth Sign: Libra
Known for: Neutron scattering
Awards: Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (1956) Gregori Aminoff Prize (1993) Nobel Prize in Physics (1994)
Fields: Physics

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Clifford Shull was bornon September 23, 1915 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, is Physicist. Clifford Glenwood Shull was a well-known U.S. physicist and Nobel Laureate. As the youngest child of a middle class businessman, he attended school and college commuting from his home in Pittsburg. Later he moved to New York for a research and teaching job at the New York University. Although he wanted to join the Manhattan Project, he had to spend the war years at the Beacon laboratory working on high-performance aviation fuels and lubricants. After the war, he shifted to Clinton Laboratory, which was later renamed as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to work with Ernest Woolen on neutron scattering. Here he developed a technique to probe the molecular structure of materials by bouncing neutrons off them and received his Nobel Prize for it all most half a century later. However, according to his own admission his most satisfying years were spent at Massachusetts Institute of Technology guiding young research students. Here too he continued his work on neutrons and initiated the first neutron diffraction investigations of magnetic materials.
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He started [his pioneering work] in 1946 at what is now Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At that time, he said, "Scientists at Oak Ridge were very anxious to find real honest-to-goodness scientific uses for the information and Technology that had been developed during the war at Oak Ridge and at other places associated with the wartime Manhattan Project."


Professor Shull came to MIT as a full professor in 1955 and retired in 1986, though he continued to visit and to "look over the shoulders" of students doing experiments in the "remnants of my old research laboratory."


Professor Shull's awards include the Buckley Prize, which he received from the American Physical Society in 1956, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1956) and to the National Academy of Sciences (1975). In 1993 he received the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' Gregori Aminoff prize for his "development and application of neutron diffraction methods for studies of atomic and magnetic structures of solids."'


Clifford G. Shull was awarded the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics with Canadian Bertram Brockhouse. The two won the prize for the development of the neutron scattering technique. He also conducted research on condensed matter. Professor Shull's prize was awarded for his pioneering work in neutron scattering, a technique that reveals where atoms are within a material like ricocheting bullets reveal where obstacles are in the dark.