Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, 1941; Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry, University of California at Berkeley, 1950.
He is known for his work on the synthesis of novel materials of interest to several areas of physics and many interdisciplinary sciences. Geballe then travelled across the San Francisco Bay to attend college at the University of California, Berkeley. While still an undergraduate student at Berkeley, Geballe worked at William Giauque"s lab to accurately measure the specific heat of gold.
In 1941, Geballe was called to active duty as an Army Ordnance Officer during the Second World War.
Geballe served in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines and was responsible for maintaining guns. In 1952, he moved to Bell labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey.
While at Bell labs, he worked on studying transport properties in semiconductors at very low temperatures, and also on studying properties of unconventional superconductors. In 1967, Geballe joined Stanford University as a professor in the newly founded Department of Applied Physics as well as the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Geballe was involved in research in the then-upcoming field of multilayered heterostructure materials.
Geballe served as the head of the Department of Applied Physics at Stanford from 1975-1977, and was the director of the Center for Materials Research from 1978-1988. In 2000, the new Laboratory for Advanced Materials at Stanford was named "The.
Served to captain Army of the United States, 1941-1946. Fellow American Physical Society (Oliver E. Buckley solid state physics prize 1970). Member National Academy of Sciences, American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Chemical Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.
Married Frances C. Koshland, October 19, 1941. Children: Gordon, Alison, Adam, Monica Ruth, Jennifer, Ernest.