Lillian Hoddeson

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Lillian Hoddeson (* 1940 in New York City ) is an American historian of science who specializes in physics in the second half of the 20th century.

Hoddeson attended the Bronx High School of Science (graduated in 1957), studied physics at Barnard College ( bachelor's degree in 1961) and Brandeis University, and received a doctorate in solid-state physics from Columbia University in 1966 . She taught physics for eight years at Barnard College and Rutgers University before moving to Princeton University to study the history of solid state physics. She took courses in the history of science and, from 1974 to 1979, studied the history of solid-state physics at Bell Laboratories , which led to the development of the transistor. From 1978 she was a historian at Fermilab and turned to the history of particle physics and the big accelerators ( Big Science ). Hoddeson is now an emeritus professor for the history of science ( Thomas Siebel Professor ) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign . She was there in both the physics faculty and the history faculty. At the University of Illinois she was involved in an international project on the history of solid-state physics (which resulted in several books, including Out of the Crystal Maze ).

She wrote a biography of John Bardeen , on the development of the transistor and solid state physics after World War II, the history of the Fermilab and a technical history of the beginnings of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the development of the atomic bomb in the Manhattan Project . She was co-editor of three anthologies on the history of particle physics, which are standard works, and is working (2011) on a biography of Stanford R. Ovshinsky and a book on the history of the superconducting super collider .

In 2012 she received the Abraham Pais Prize for the History of Science from the American Physical Society . She was a Guggenheim Fellow and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

1981-1992 Hoddeson was married to the physicist Gordon Baym .


  • with Jürgen Teichmann , Spencer Weart, Ernest Braun (editor) Out of the Crystal Maze: Chapters from the history of solid state physics , Oxford University Press 1992 (therein by Hoddeson, Michael Eckert, Gordon Baym The development of quantum mechanical electron theory of metals 1926-1933 and von Hoddeson, Helmut Schubert, Steve J. Heims, Baym Collective Phenomena )
  • with Michael Riordan Crystal Fire: the birth of the information age , Norton 1997 (history of the transistor and the IC, including William B. Shockley )
  • with Vicki Daitch: True Genius: The life and science of John Bardeen , National Academy of Science Press 2002
  • with Adrienne Kolb, Catherine Westfall Fermilab: physics, the frontier and the rise of megascience , University of Chicago Press 2008
  • Editor with Laurie Brown The birth of particle physics , Cambridge University Press 1983
  • Editor with Laurie Brown, Max Dresden , Michael Riordan The rise of the Standard Model: Particle physics in the 1960s and 1970s , Cambridge University Press 1997 (in it the introduction by the editors: The rise of the standard model 1964-1979 , p. 3 -35)
  • with Laurie Brown, Max Dresden Pions to quarks: Particle physics in the 1950s , Cambridge University Press 1989
  • with Paul W. Henriksen, Roger A. Meade, Catherine Westfall Critical Assembly: A technical history of Los Alamos during the Oppenheimer years 1943-1945 , Cambridge University Press 1993 (with contributions from Gordon Baym and others)
  • as editor No boundaries. University of Illinois vignettes , University of Illinois Press 2004

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  1. ↑ Dates of birth according to the biographical entry in the book by Hoddeson et al. a. The Rise of the Standard Model . Further biographical data from Hoddeson u. a. Out of the Crystal Maze
  2. Michael Riordan (* 1946 in Springfield / Massachusetts) received his doctorate in physics from MIT in 1973. He is a science historian and experimental physicist at SLAC and the University of California, Santa Cruz . Author of The hunting of the quark , Simon and Schuster 1987.