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educator , essayist , physicist

N. David Mermin, American physicist, researcher, writer. Sloan Foundation fellow, 1966-1968; Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1970-1971. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society (Julius Edgar Lilienfield prize 1989); member National Academy of Sciences.

Background

Mermin, N. David was born on March 30, 1935 in New Haven. Son of John and Eva (Gordon) Mermin.

Education

Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1956; A.M., Harvard University, 1957; Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1961.

Career

National Science Foundation postdoctral fellow, U. Birmingham, England, 1961-1963; postdoctoral fellow, University of California, San Diego, 1963-1964; assistant professor physics, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1964-1967; associate professor physics, Cornell Univercity, 1967-1972; professor physics, Cornell Univercity, 1972-1990; Horace White professor physics, Cornell Univercity, since 1990; director Laboratory Atomic and Solid State Physics, Cornell Univercity, 1984-1990. Loeb lecturer Harvard University, Cambridge, 1980, Emil Warburg professor of University Bayreuth, Germany, 1981, Walker Ames professor of University Washington, Seattle, 1984. Wunsch lecturer Technion, Haifa, Israel, 1992.

Japan Society for Promotion of Science fellow Nagoya U., 1982. Lorentz professor of University Leiden, 1995.

Works

Membership

Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Physical Society (Julius Edgar Lilienfield prize 1989). Member National Academy of Sciences.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocation: piano.

Connections

Married Dorothy E. Milman, June 9, 1957. Children— Jonathan George, Elizabeth Ruth.

father:
John Mermin

mother:
Eva Mermin

spouse:
Dorothy E. Milman

children:
Jonathan George Mermin

Elizabeth Ruth Mermin