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Benjamin Roy Mottelson, American physicist. Recipient Atoms for Peace award, Ford Motor Company Fund, 1969, Wetherill Medal, Franklin Institute, 1974, Nobel prize for physics, 1975.


Mottelson, Benjamin Roy was born on July 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Arrived in naturalized Danish citizen, 1971. Son of Goodman and Georgia (Blum) Mottelson.


Bachelor of Science in Physics, Purdue University, Indiana, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy in Nuclear Physics, Harvard University, 1950. Degree (honorary), Purdue University.

Degree (honorary), University Heidelberg, Germany. Degree (honorary), Lund University, Sweden. Degree (honorary), Liverpool University, England.


Sheldon traveling fellow Institute Theoretical Physics, Copenhagen, 1950—1951, United States Atomic Energy Commission fellow, 1951—1953. Staff theoretical study group European Organization of Nuclear Research (European Organization Nuclear Research), 1953—1957. Professor Nordic Institute Theoretical Atomic Physics, since 1957.

Physicist, professor Neils Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, 1950—1951. Adjunct professor Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, 1994. Visiting professor University California, Berkeley, 1959, Berkeley, 84.

Past director European Center Theoretical Studies in Nuclear Physics & Related Areas, Trento, Italy. Mem board sponsors Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.


Fellow: Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (foreign). Member: National Academy of Sciences (foreign associate), Norwegian Academy Science & Letters, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kroatian Academy of Sciences (foreign associate), Finnish Science Society & Letters, European Academy Arts, Science & Letters, American Academy Arts and Letters, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences & Letters.


Married Nancy Jane Reno, 1948 (deceased 1975). Children: Malcolm Graham, Daniel John, Martha. Married Britta Marger Siegumfeldt, 1984.

Goodman Mottelson

Georgia (Blum) Mottelson

Britta Marger Siegumfeldt

Nancy Jane Reno

Malcolm Graham Mottelson

Daniel John Mottelson

Martha Mottelson