Links to my Academic Grandfather

I never wrote a joint paper with my thesis advisor, who was not a big proponent of putting his own name on papers. So the shortest academic path to my academic grandfather is via a colleague, Larry Trueman, at Brookhaven, where I was a post-doc, and our boss, Gian-Carlo Wick. This path is of 'Milgram average length' but contains 3 Nobel Laureates (including, of course, Fermi, who won the Prize the year I was born, for which I can take no credit. :) ). The most salient link is via the great theoretical physicist Eugene P. (for "Paul") Wigner, with whom I studied Quantum Mechanics.

Among his unrecorded quotations is this beautiful remark after having assigned the newly translated text book by Lev Landau for a first year course in Quantum Mechanics. "If you already know Quantum Mechanics, you can see [from this chapter] that Landau knows Quantum Mechanics very well."

Paul B. Kantor

coauthored with

T. L. Trueman

MR0189590 (32 #7014b)

T. L. Trueman

coauthored with

Gian Carlo Wick

MR0162548 (28 #5746)

Gian Carlo Wick

coauthored with

Eugene Paul Wigner

MR0053796 (14,827e)

Eugene Paul Wigner

coauthored with

John von Neumann

MR1503141

John von Neumann

coauthored with

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

MR0006280 (3,281h)

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

coauthored with

Enrico Fermi

MR0057060 (15,168c)