Douglas D. Osheroff

About Douglas D. Osheroff

Who is it?: Physicist
Birth Day: August 01, 1945
Birth Place: Aberdeen, Washington, United States, United States
Birth Sign: Virgo
Residence: California, U.S.
Citizenship: United States
Alma mater: California Institute of Technology (B.S.), Cornell University (Ph.D.)
Known for: Discovering superfluidity in Helium-3
Spouse(s): Phyllis Liu-Osheroff (m. 1970 – present)
Awards: Nobel Prize in Physics (1996) Simon Memorial Prize (1976) Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (1970)
Fields: Experimental Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
Institutions: Stanford University Bell Labs
Doctoral advisor: David Lee
Influences: Richard Feynman

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Douglas D. Osheroff was bornon August 01, 1945 in Aberdeen, Washington, United States, United States, is Physicist. Douglas D. Osheroff is an American physicist who was one of the co-recipients of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Physics along with David Lee and Robert C. Richardson. The trio won the coveted award for their discovery of superfluidity in the isotope helium-3. Douglas began his career doing research in low-temperature physic and along with his colleagues used a Pomeranchuk cell to investigate the behavior of 3He at temperatures within a few thousandths of a degree of absolute zero. Their research eventually led them to the Nobel Prize winning work. Hailing from a medical family, he developed an early interest in science though he had no inclination towards the medical profession. His parents encouraged his love for science and motivated him by buying him a variety of scientific toys and gadgets. He grew up to join the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he had the good fortune of being tutored by Nobel laureate Richard Feynman. He proceeded to the Cornell University in Ithaca for his doctorate and received his PhD. It was here that he became deeply involved in research in low-temperature physics and worked with Lee and Richardson to make the discovery of superfluidity in the isotope helium-3. In addition to his academic duties, he has also served on the Space Shuttle Columbia investigation panel.
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Biography/Timeline

1967

Osheroff earned his Bachelor's degree in 1967 from Caltech, where he attended lectures by Richard Feynman and did undergraduate research for Gerry Neugebauer.

1970

He married a biochemist, Phyllis Liu-Osheroff, in 1970.

1973

Osheroff received a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1973. He then worked at Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey for 15 years, continuing to research low-temperature phenomena in He. In 1987 he moved to the Departments of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University, where he also served as department chair from 1993-96. His research is focused on phenomena that occur at extremely low temperatures.

1996

Osheroff joined the Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics at Cornell University as a graduate student, doing research in low-temperature physics. Together with David Lee, the head of the laboratory, and Robert C. Richardson, Osheroff used a Pomeranchuk cell to investigate the behaviour of He at temperatures within a few thousandths of a degree of absolute zero. They discovered unexpected effects in their measurements, which they eventually explained as phase transitions to a superfluid phase of He. Lee, Richardson and Osheroff were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1996 for this discovery.

2008

Osheroff is left-handed, and he often blames his slight quirks and eccentricities on it. He is also an avid Photographer and introduces students at Stanford to medium-format film photography in a freshman seminar titled "Technical Aspects of Photography." In addition, he has taught the Stanford introductory physics course on electricity and magnetism on multiple occasions, most recently in Spring 2008, as well as undergraduate labs on low temperature physics.

2013

Among his physics outreach activities, Osheroff participated in the science festivals for middle and high school students, is an official guest of honor at the International Young Physicists' Tournament 2013.