Herman Z. Cummins Lectures
Every year, the physics department hosts a special lecture in honor of Herman Cummins, Distinguished Professor of Physics at City College from 1974 to 2004.
Prof. Cummins was an experimental physicist at City College and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He joined the Physics Department of City College in 1974 as a Distinguished Professor of Physics, and immediately established his laser spectroscopy laboratory as one of the leading research sites in the world. His cutting-edge investigations cover: statistics of radiation-matter interactions, as well as elastic, quasi-elastic and inelastic light scattering (Rayleigh, Brillouin and Raman). His many seminal studies have elucidated the physical mechanisms in diverse areas: paraelectric ferroelectric phase transitions, commensurate-incommensurate transitions, exciton and polariton formation and dynamics, liquid glass and colloidal systems, and many more. Herman Cummins received numerous honors for his scientific contributions. He was elected a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences (1996); a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2001),and to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars (2010). He was awarded the Docteur es Sciences, honoris causa, by the Universite de Paris, and a Senior Fellowship by the Humboldt Foundation. Earlier he received the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1969-72),Guggenheim Fellowship (1984), and was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society and the New York Academy Sciences.
Max Plank Institute, Erlangen
POSTPONED TO FALL 2020
Prof. Vahid Sandoghdar
Spring 2019: Joerg Wachtrup
Nanoscale quantum sensing
Spring 2017: Charles Marcus
Semiconductor-Superconductor Hybrids forTopological Quantum Computing
Spring 2015: Steven Chu
Microscopy 2.0 plus Energy and Climate Change
Spring 2014: Albert J. Libchaber
From bacteria to artificial cells,The problem of self reproduction
Spring 2013: Wolfgang Ketterle
Superfluid gases near absolute zero temperature
Mark W. Zemansky Lecture
This chair was established in honor of Mark W. Zemansky, Professor of Physics at the City College of New York. He co-authored University Physics with Francis W. Sears.
“When the first edition...appeared in 1949, it was revolutionary among calculus-based physics textbooks in its emphasis on the fundamental principles of physics and how to apply them. The success of University Physics with generations of students and educators throughout the world is a testament to the merits of this approach.”
(Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Freedman, University Physics).
In 1956, The American Association of Physics Teachers awarded the Oersted Medal to Mark W. Zemansky in recognition of notable contributions to the teaching of physics. The CCNY Physics Department annually awards The Zemansky Introductory Physics Prize to outstanding students in Physics 20700 and 20800.
Michael Lubell is The Mark W. Zemansky Professor Physics. The Zemansky Chair was previously held by Distinguished Professor Daniel Greenberger and by Professor Seymour J. Lindenbaum.
2018: Angel Rubio
Photons and matter cooperate: new states of matter from a novel first principles QEDFT formalism
2016: S. James Gates, Jr.
L’arte della Fisica
2014: Steven E. Koonin
Adventures in Urban Informatics: Lights,Phones, Sewers, Taxis
2011: Anton Zeilinger
Quantum Communication, Quantum Computation and Quantum Simulation with Entangled Photons
Henry Semat Lecture
This lecture is sponsored by the Henry Semat Chair which was established in memory of Henry Semat, a physics professor at the City College of New York for over 45 years. The Henry Semat Professor of Physics is Professor Michio Kaku
2018: Glennys Farrar
Could Dark Matter be Made of Quarks?
2011: Roman Jackiw
Fractional charge and Majorana excitations
The Lawrence Wills Lectures
The Lawrence Wills Lectures are supported by The City College Fund in memory of Professor Lawrence Wills, who joined the CCNY Physics Department in 1933. Until 1949 Professor Wills was the only theoretical physicist in the Department and taught classical theoretical physics and its mathematical methods as well as introductions to relativity and to quantum mechanics. Prof. Wills' course was beyond compare in breadth and depth and in the clarity and elegance of its presentation.
2013: Ivan K. Schuller
Why Physics? Beyond Atom Bombs and Big Bangs: Nanoscience
2010: Mildred Dresselhaus
Why Are We So Excited About Carbon Nanotubes