Oral-History:IEEE Council on Superconductivity Interviews

Applied Superconductivity Oral Histories

The IEEE History Center has undertaken an ongoing series of Oral Histories with prominent individuals in the field of superconductivity, the first group of which were done in August 2014.

  • René Flükiger - Flükiger, working mainly at the University of Geneva and at Karlsruhe, studied the metallurgy and structure of a variety of superconductivity, and then applied that knowledge to the production of superconducting wires and tapes.
  • Herbert Freyhardt - His accomplishments include being the head of the “Crystal Growth Laboratory” as well as the “Superconductivity Section” of the Institute of Metallphysik.
  • Michael Green - He is a licensed mechanical engineer in the State of California and is a founding board member of the IEEE Council on Applied Superconductivity. He has worked at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Kernforschungszentrum Karlsrue, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and Oxford University.
  • Clark A. Hamilton - He spent most of his career at NIST in Boulder, Colorado. His many awards include the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and two U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medals for his work on superconducting integrated circuits using Josephson devices, 1984 and 1989.
  • Richard Harris - Harris spent much of his career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where he researched superconductive technologies and introduced NIST to lithography and superconducting integrated circuits. He was also the Group Leader for the Cryoelectronic Metrology Group on superconducting electronics as well the Quantum Devices Group. In 2016, Harris received the 2016 IEEE Max Swerdlow Award for Sustained Service to the Applied Superconductivity Community.
  • Yukikazu Iwasa - Born and raised in Japan, Iwasa earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at MIT. He has spent his entire career at the Francis Bitter Magnet Lab at MIT, where his work has focused on the study, development, and design of superconducting magnets.
  • Moises Levy - Levy's research, chiefly at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, focused on the intersection of ultrasonics and superconductivity. He also played a central role in the development and evolution of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity.
  • Alexis P. Malozemoff - Malozemoff spent the first nineteen years of his career at IBM research, where he was best known for the co-discovery of the “giant flux creep” and the irreversibility line in high temperature superconductors (HTS). He spent the remainder of his career at American Superconductor, where he was in charge, among other activities, of AMSC’s rise to a leading role in high temperature superconducting wire and its applications.
  • Arnold Silver - Silver is best known for his role in the Invention of the Superconducting Quantum Interference Device, better known as the SQUID, while working at the Ford Motors Scientific Lab. He later continued his work at superconducting electronic devices as a scientist and administrator at the Aerospace Corporation and TRW.
  • Richard J. Thome - Thome spent his career working in both industry and academia. In industry, his projects included the design and fabrication of superconducting and conventional magnetic systems. Later, at MIT he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on electromagnetic systems design. Then he established a consulting firm, providing advice on research, management, and the business development in superconducting and conventional electromechanical systems for applications and in mechanical and electrical engineering.
  • Theodore Van Duzer - Van Duzer spent his long career at the University of California-Berkeley developing superconducting devices and circuits. He was also the founding editor of the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity.