Welcome to my web site!
I am Benjamin Bederson, husband of Betty, father of Joshua,
I am Professor of Physics Emeritus,
Ben and Betty ca. 1979
For an article on my service in the Manhattan Project
at Los Alamos and the island of Tinian in the US Army during WWII published
in the journal Physics in Perspective, Birkhauser
Verlag, Basil, edited by Roger Stuewer
For an article on the history of physics in
For an article about Fritz Reiche and the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars published in Physics in Perspective (Vol.7, 453 (2005)) see FritzReiche.pdf It contains a copy of a telegram sent to him on Nov. 14, 1938 by Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner as well as some other interesting material. For two letters which discuss, first, a proposal to Gregory Breit of NYU by Leo Szilard that American physics professors with income above a certain amount contribute a modest part of their salaries to aid in the resettlement of immigrant European scientists and, second, a lengthy letter (1933) from a representative of the US State Department in response to an inquiry by Judge Joseph Meyer Proskauer (1877-1971) of the American Jewish Committee concerning US visa policies with regard to Jewish refugee applicants, see Two Letters
For more than you might want to know about my professional activities see the volume “Advances in Atomic , Molecular, and Optical Physics” Vol. 51, Academic Press 2005, Edited by Henry H. Stroke. For a brief Curriculum Vitae, without a list of publications (see above reference for a full list), see Resume.
For a book review of the recent biography of J Robert Oppenheimer by Abraham Pais, with Robert P. Crease, J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Life see Pais
For a book review of the recent biography of J Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, “American Prometheus:The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer” see Kai Bird and Martin J Sherwin.
For a review of the recent book by D. Hoffman and M. Walker, The German Physical Society in the Third Reich; Physicists between Autonomy and Accommodation, Translated by A. M. Hentschel, Cambridge (2012), see Physics in Perspective 14, 458 (2012)