Authorised form of namePippard; Sir; Alfred Brian (1920 - 2008)
ForenamesAlfred Brian
Dates1920 - 2008
Dates and placesBirth:
London, England (07 September 1920)
21 September 2008
Clifton College Bristol; Clare College CAmbridge (1938)
Radar establishment at Great Malvern, becoming proficient in microwave techniques. Leader in the field of low emperature physics and semiconductors. In the 1950s Pippard demonstated the existence of the Fermis surface in reality, by establishing the shape of the surface in copper through measuring the reflection and absorption of microwave radiation.
John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge (1960-1971); Cavendish Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge (1971-1982); first President of Clare Hall, a newly founded graduate college (1966-1973); Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall (1987); Honorary Fellow fo Clare Hall (1998)
Kt 1975
Royal Society activityMembership:
Election Date:
Hughes Medal 1959
RelationshipsWife Charlotte and three daughters
Published worksElements of Classical Thermodynamics for Advanced Studies of Physics (1957); Cavendish Problems in Classical Physics (1962); Dynamics of Conduction Electrons (1962); Forces and Particles (1972); Magnetoresistance (1989)
N R Ingram, 'All that you can't leave behind' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 177-184
B Pippard, 'Euclid and other popular romances. Such silver currents: the story of William and Lucy Clifford 1845-1929, by M Chisholm' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 252-253
B Pippard, 'A paragon of physics. <i>The man who changed everything - the life of James Clerk Maxwell</i> by Basil Mahon' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 103-104
Sir Brian Pippard FRS, 'David Shoenberg', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2005 vol 51 pp 379-397, plate
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA3149
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
IM/003591Pippard, Sir Alfred Brian1961
HWT/24/2/2Correspondence and papers regarding Royal Society policy subsequent to the Russian invasion of CzechoslovakiaAugust 1968 - December 1969
IM/GA/WRS/9367Pippard, Sir Alfred Briannd
EC/1956/17Pippard, Sir Alfred Brian: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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