James M. Bardeen

Physicist, Person

1939 –

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Who is James M. Bardeen?

James Maxwell Bardeen is an American physicist, well known for his work in general relativity, particularly his role in formulating the laws of black hole mechanics. He also discovered the Bardeen vacuum, an exact solution of the Einstein field equation.

Bardeen graduated from Harvard in 1960 and earned his doctorate at Caltech under the direction of Richard Feynman. He is a professor emeritus of physics at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 2012 he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Bardeen is the son of two-time Nobel Laureate John Bardeen. His brother, William A. Bardeen, is also a physicist, and his sister is married to Thomas J. Greytak, a physicist at MIT.

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Born
May 9, 1939
Also known as
  • James Bardeen
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Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
Employment
  • University of Washington

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on July 23, 2013

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