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Fay Ajzenberg-Selove

1926 -
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Some Important Contributions

Experimental research on energy levels and transitions in light nuclei.

Compilations summarizing experimental information on the energy levels of nuclei from He5 to Ne24, with T. Lauritsen. These tables are the standard reference on the subject.

Contributed valuably to many important organizational activitie involving the nuclear physics community, see additional information below.

Some Important Publications

"Energy Levels of Light Nuclei. VI," Nucl. Phys. 11: 1 (1959) with T. Lauritsen and references to earlier papers contained therein.

"Energy Levels of Light Nuclei A = 13-15," Nuc. Phys. A523: 1 (1991); contains references to earlier important publications.

Edited book:

Nuclear Spectroscopy, Parts A and B, Academic Press, New York 1960; reprinted 1966.

Autobiography: A Matter of Choices, Rutgers University Press, Rutgers 1994.


Guggenheim Fellow, 1965-66
Fellow American Physical Society
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science
Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching 1991
Doctorate honoris causa Smith College 1995


1952-53 Lecturer, Smith College and Visiting Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1953-57 Assistant Professor, Boston University
1957-62 Associate Professor, Haverford College
1962-69 Professor, Harverford College
1960-61, 1967-69 Acting Chairman, Physics Department, Haverford College
1973 -- Professor, University of Pennsylvania
1989-93 Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs, Physics Department, University of Pennsylvania


B.S. University of Michigan 1946
M.S. University of Wisconsin 1949
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin 1952

Additional Information/Comments

Contributed valuably to important organizational activities within the nuclear physics community.

Married Walter Selove in 1955.

Some important offices held:

Chair, Division of Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society (1973-74).
Chair, Commission on Nuclear Physics of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (1978-81).

Field Editor: S. A. Moszkowski


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