Born: Madison, Wisconsin, May 23, 1908. Son of Dr. Charles R. and Althea Harmer Bardeen, both deceased. Dr. Bardeen was Professor of Anatomy and Dean of the Medical School at the University of Wisconsin. Stepmother, Mrs. Kenelm McCauley, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Married Jane Maxwell, 1938. Children: James M., William A., Elizabeth A. Attended public schools and university in Madison, Washington School, Madison, 1914-17, University High School, Madison, 1917-21, Madison Central High, 1921-23.
B.S. and M.S. in E. E., University of Wisconsin, 1928 and 1929.
Geophysicist, Gulf Research and Development Corp., Pittsburgh, PA, 1930-33.
Attended Graduate College, Princeton University, 1933-35, received Ph.D. in Math. Phys., 1936.
Junior Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University, 1935-38.
Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota, 1938-41.
Physicist, Naval Ordnance Laboratory, 1941-45.
Research Physicist, Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1945-51.
Professor of Electrical Engineering and of Physics, University of Illinois, and a member of the Center for Advanced Study of the University, 1951-1975.
Served on U.S. President’s Science Advisory Committee, 1959-62.
Member of the Board of Directors, Xerox Corporation, Rochester, New York, 1961-1974. Consultant, 1952-82.
Lorentz Professor, University of Leiden, Netherlands, 1975.
Visiting Professor, Karlsruhe, 1978; Grenoble, 1981; University of California, Santa Barbara, 1981, 1984; Nihon University, Tokyo, 1982.
White House Science Council, 1982-83.
Union College (1955), Wisconsin (1960), Rose Polytechnic
Inst. (1966), Western Reserve (1966), Univ. of Glasgow (1967), Princeton
(1968), Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (1969), Notre Dame (1970), Harvard
(1973), Minnesota (1973), Illinois (1974), Michigan (1974), Pennsylvania
(1976), Delhi, India (1977), Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras, India (1977), Cambridge (U.K.) (1977), Georgetown (1980), St. Andrews (1980), Clarkson (1981).
Stuart Ballentine Medal, Franklin Inst. (1952); Buckley Prize, Am. Physical Soc. (1954); John Scott Medal, Philadelphia (1955); Nobel Prize (Physics) shared with W. H. Brattain and W. Shockley (1956); Vincent Bendix Award, Amer. Soc. Eng. Educ. (1964); National Medal of Science (1965); Michelson-Morley Award, Case-Western Reserve (1968); Medal of Honor, Inst. of Electrical and Electronics Eng. (1971); Nobel Prize (Physics) shared with L. N. Cooper and J. R. Schrieffer (1972); James Madison Medal, Princeton (1973); National Inventors Hall of Fame (1974); Franklin Medal, Franklin Inst. (1975); Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977); Washington Award, Western Soc. Eng. (1983); Founders Awards, Nat. Acad. Eng. (1984); Lomonosov Prize, USSR Acad. of Sci. (1988); The Harold Pender Award, University of Pennsylvania (1988).
Academic and Professional Societies
American Physical Society (President, 1968-69); IEEE (hon. mem.); National Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; American Academy of Sciences; American Philosophical Society; Foreign Member, Royal Society of London; Foreign Member, Indian Nat. Sci. Acad.; Honorary Fellow, The Institute of Physics (London); Foreign Member, Inst. of Electronics and Telecommunications (India); Hon. Member, Japan Academy; Hon. Doctor, Venezuelan Academy; Foreign Member, USSR Academy of Sciences; Pakistan Academy of Sciences, Corr. Mem., Hungarian Acad. Sci. and Austrian Acad. Sci.
John Bardeen died on January 30, 1991.
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