Peter J. W. Debye: An Interview

Science  07 Aug 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3632, pp. 554-559
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3632.554


On 24 March Peter J. W. Debye, emeritus professor at Cornell University, began his 7th decade of active research in chemical physics and celebrated his 80th birthday. In anticipation of this occasion, three members of the Cornell staff—Dale R. Corson, provost, former dean of the school of engineering, and, before that, professor of physics and chairman of the department; Edwin E. Salpeter, professor of theoretical physics; and S. H. Bauer, professor of chemistry—interviewed Professor Debye on 5 March. This article consists of questions and answers selected from the tape recording of the interview.