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Overhauser, Albert Warner, 1925-



  • Existence: August 17, 1925 - December 10, 2011

Biographical Information

On December 19, 1994 Professor Albert W. Overhauser met President Bill Clinton after receiving the National Medal of Science due to his innovative physics contributions. He is known for developing the theory of dynamic nucleur polarization, "Overhauser Effect". He was a Stuart Professor of Physics at Purdue University. He worked at the Ford Motor Company for 15 years prior to arriving at Purdue. He received his A.B. degree in physics and mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. He also received his Ph.D. in physics in 1951. He was a research associate at the University of Illinois for two years. He joined the Purdue faculty in 1973 after working in research and as a university faculty member. He has received many awards and honors. In 1994, he received the National Medal of Science in 1994. In 1975, he received the Oliver E. Buckley Solid State Physics Prize. He was a member in the National Academy of Science and a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.


Purdue University: Department of Physics and Astronomy: Albert W. Overhauser. Accessed May 31, 2019.

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Albert Overhauser papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSF 485
Scope and Contents The Albert Overhauser papers documents the professional work and achievements of Purdue University professor Albert Overhauser.  The collection contains correspondence, notebooks, dissertations and theses, grant applications, graphs and figures, published articles, teaching materials, and other items related to Overhauser’s studies at the University of California at Berkeley as well as professional career at Cornell University, the Ford Motor Company, and Purdue University. The collection...
Dates: circa 1920s - 2011