SUNY Oneonta News

October 3, 2011



ONEONTA, N.Y. -- SUNY Oneonta will welcome Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever on Friday, Oct. 7 for a guest lecture on superconductivity. He is the keynote speaker of a joint meeting of the New York State Sections of the American Physical Society (NYSS-APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (NYSS-AAPT), hosted by the college's Department of Physics & Astronomy.

In his talk titled "Discovery of Superconducting Tunneling,” Giaever will discuss superconductivity—the capacity of certain elements to carry extraordinary amounts of electric current at extremely low temperatures—and its emergence as a promising technology with potential applications in healthcare imaging, computing, aerospace, and transportation-related industries. His presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Craven Lounge at the MorrisConference Center on the college's campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Born in Bergen, Norway in 1929, Giaever earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1952. In 1954 he immigrated to Canada, where he began his career at General Electric. After moving to the United States in 1956, he joined the staff at GE's Research and Development Center in Schenectady. While working there, he earned a Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he later taught. Along with Dr. Leo Esaki, who currently serves as president of the Yokohama College of Pharmacy, he shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics. He currently serves aschief technology officer of Applied BioPhysics, a medical technology company he founded in 1991.

The joint meeting of the NYSS-APS and NYSS-AAPT is sponsored by the college, the American Physical Society, and superconductor wire developer/producer, SuperPower, Inc. It will feature presentations by experts from several of institutions, among them the Brookhaven National Laboratory, IBM, GE Global Research, Boston College, the University of Houston, Syracuse University, Ithaca College and SUNY Binghamton. For a complete program or more information about the event of Giaever's lecture, visit



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