Mermin, N. David

Mermin, N. David

(1935–  ) physicist; born in New Haven, Conn. He performed research at the University of Birmingham (1961–63) and the University of California: San Diego (1963–64), before joining Cornell (1964). A theoretical and solid state physicist, he criticized the Nobel Prize system for fostering competition among scientists rather than encouraging pure research (1989).
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