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Herbert Callen

Born: Jul 1, 1919

Death: May 22, 1993

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Herbert Callen

Date of Birth : Jul 1, 1919
Date of Death : May 22, 1993
Birth Place : Philadelphia

Herbert Bernard Callen was an American physicist best known as the author of the textbook Thermodynamics and an Introduction to Thermostatistics, the most frequently cited thermodynamic reference in physics research literature. During World War II he was also called upon to undertake theoretical studies of the principles underpinning the effort to create the atom bomb. A native of Philadelphia, Herbert Callen received his Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University. He married in 1945, as the war and his work for the Manhattan Project were coming to an end, and subsequently studied for a PhD. in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving his degree in 1947. His graduate advisor was the eminent physicist Laszlo Tisza. In 1948, Callen joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Physics and, in 1984, received the Elliott Cresson Medal from the Franklin Institute. He was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for the academic year 1972/1973, and his distinguished career in physics was capped by induction into the National Academy of Sciences in 1990.


  • Writer
  • Physicist

Also known as

  • Herbert Bernard Callen
  • Herbert B. Callen

Awards Won

  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
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