Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Michael Tinkham

OK, I completely missed the passing of Michael Tinkham last year. I only heard of the news when I read his obituary in latest edition of Physics Today.

I did not have the privilege to have known him, or to have met him, unlike his students, postdocs, and colleagues. However, he certainly made a huge impact on me professionally. His "Introduction to Superconductivity" book was my "bible" when I was in graduate school. In fact, his derivation of the BCS Theory was the one I studied from very closely, above all others. I would not have grasped the theory of superconductivity as well and as fast as I did if it weren't for this book.

So thank you, Michael Tinkham. I think your legacy, through your work and your books, will live on.


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