Dr. Herbert Fröhlich

Updated: 29.09.2011


Born: 09.10.1905, Rexingen, Germany
Passed away: 23.01.1991, Liverpool


Herbert Fröhlich (9 December 1905 in Rexingen, Germany – 23 January 1991 in Liverpool, England) was a German-born British physicist and a Fellow of the Royal Society. In 1927, Fröhlich entered the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, to study physics, and he received his doctorate under Arnold Sommerfeld, in 1930.[1] His first position was as Privatdozent at the University of Freiburg. Due to rising anti-Semitism and the Deutsche Physik movement under Adolf Hitler, and at the invitation of Yakov Frenkel, Fröhlich went to the Soviet Union, in 1933, to work at the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute in Leningrad. During the Great Purge following the murder of Sergey Kirov, he fled to England in 1935. Except for a short visit to Holland and a brief internment during World War II, he worked in Nevill Francis Mott’s department, at the University of Bristol, until 1948, rising to the position of Reader. At the invitation of James Chadwick, he took the Chair for Theoretical Physics at the University of Liverpool....

Fröhlich proposed a theory which is known as Fröhlich coherence.



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