Zener, Clarence

Zener, Clarence (Melvin)

(1905–93) physicist; born in Indianapolis, Ind. He taught at several American universities (1930–42), then became a physicist at the Watertown (Mass.) Arsenal (1942–45). He moved to Chicago (1945–51), was a physicist and engineer at Westinghouse (1951–65), then joined Texas A&M (1966–68). He then went on to Carnegie-Mellon (1968). He made seminal contributions to studies of superconductivity, metallurgy (1935–50), wave function, and the uses of oceanic thermoclines as sources of electrical power (1973).
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