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Materials Physics


Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf

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Some Important Contributions:

In tribology and mechanical properties of metals; theory of crystal defects,  crystal plasticity,  and electric contacts.

Invented metal-fiber brushes as contacts for electric motor which have, for example, applications for high-speed (300 mph) magnetically levitated trains.

Some Important Publications:

"On the Origins of Dislocations," Phil. Mag. (Eight Ser.) , 3:125-39 (1958).

"Some Theoretical Considerations on the Geometry of Low-Angle Dislocation Boundaries," J. Appl. Phys., 33:648-54 (1962).

"Theory of the Interaction of Vacancies with Stress Field in Metals," with L.A. Girifalco. I. "Derivation of Basic Equations," J. Appl. Phys., 35:438-43 (1964). II. "The Interaction Between Vacancies and Dislocations," J. Appl. Phys., 36:637-46 (1965).

"The Theory of Melting," Physical Review, 140:1599-1610 (1965).

"Vacancies and Vacancy Complexes in Quenched F.C.C. Metals," in Lattice Defects in Quenched Metals. New York: Academic Press, 1965.

"The Spontaneous Generation of Dislocations and the Cause of Melting," in Lattice Defects and Their Interactions, edited by R.R. Hasiguti. New York: Gordon and Breach Science Pub., 1967.


Fellow, American Society of Metals
Fellow, American Physical Society

1965 and 1966 Research Medal, American Society of Eng. Education
1965 J. Shelton Horsley Award, Virginia Academy of Science
1988 Heyn Medal, German Soc Mat Sci
1989 Achievement Award, Society of Women Engineers
1991 Ragnar Holm Science Achievement Award, Institute of Elec. & Electronic Engineers

Honorary doctorate: D.Sc. University of Witwatersrand 1955


1948-49 Research Associate, Department of Metals, University of Göttingen
1949-50 Research Associate, H.H. Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol
1950-56 Lecturer in Physics, University of Witwatersrand
1957-63 Associate Professor & Professor, University of Pennsylvania
1963-66 Professor of Engineering Physics, University of Virginia
1966-     Professor of Physics and of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia


Diploma in Physics, University of Göttingen 1946
Dr. Rer. Nat., University of Göttingen 1947

References consulted:

[4 AMWS], [34 WIP], and http://www.cs.virginia.edu/SEAS/materials.html

Field Editor: F. Stahl


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