Stanislaw Olbert, Professor of Physics Emeritus

Professor of Physics, Emeritus

In Memoriam: May 9, 1923 - September 23, 2017

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Area of Physics

Astrophysics - Space Plasma Physics

MIT Career Timeline

  • 1957 - Assistant Professor
  • 1988 - Professor Emeritus
  • 1999-2003 - Educational Consultant, MIT TEAL Project

Research Interests

Voyager, Solar wind, Cosmic rays, Space plasmas, High-energy nuclear interactions, Radiation

Biographical Sketch

Stanislaw Olbert is a Professor of Physics Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was born in Lwow Poland on May 9, 1923, and was a student at the University of Munich from 1946-1949, where he studied in Arnold Summerfeld's theoretical group. He received his PhD from MIT in 1953 under the supervision of Bruno Rossi. He was appointed an Assistant Professor in Physics at MIT in 1957, and became Professor Emeritus in 1988. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Rome and at the University of Florence in 1986 and 1987, and at the Institute for Cosmic Studies in Warsaw, Poland in 1991. From 1999 to 2003 he was an educational consultant on the TEAL project at MIT. He is co-author with Bruno Rossi of Introduction to the Physics of Space, MacGraw-Hill, 1970.

Selected Publications