Herman Feshbach was an Institute Professor Emeritus of physics at MIT.
15 Facts About Herman Feshbach
Herman Feshbach was a member of the same family as Dr Murray Feshbach, the Sovietologist and retired Georgetown University professor.
Herman Feshbach was invited to stay at MIT after he received his doctorate.
Herman Feshbach remained on the physics faculty for over fifty years.
In 1983, Herman Feshbach was named as an Institute Professor, the highest faculty honor at MIT.
Herman Feshbach was active in the nuclear disarmament movement and was a founder and first chairman of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Herman Feshbach became concerned about the condition of scientists behind the Iron Curtain, and worked to establish contacts between Western scientists and their Eastern Bloc counterparts.
Herman Feshbach championed the cause of Andrei Sakharov and other Soviet refuseniks.
Herman Feshbach first met Sakharov in the mid-1970s; Feshbach wrote about meeting Sakharov after his release from internal exile, in an article that appeared in Physics Today.
Herman Feshbach was a strong believer in equality of opportunity, especially within the scientific community.
Herman Feshbach worked to increase the number of women and minority members in both the physics department and at MIT in general.
Herman Feshbach died of heart failure at Youville Hospital in Cambridge.
Herman Feshbach joined the National Academy of Sciences in 1969 and was president of the American Physical Society from 1980 to 1981.
In 1986, Herman Feshbach was awarded the National Medal of Science.
The physics department has an endowed Herman Feshbach chair, established in 1999 to support theoretical physicists.