Critchfield, Charles Louis
Born Shreve, Ohio, USA, 7 June 1910
Died Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA, 12 February 1994
American theoretical physicist Charles Critchfield is known in the history of astrophysics for pioneering joint work with Hans Bethe on stellar energy production. He did not follow up on this work or other aspects of nuclear astrophysics. Instead he shared his career between military research, mathematical physics, and theoretical studies in nuclear and particle physics.
Critchfield studied physics at the George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where his graduate supervisors were George Gamowand Edward Teller. His thesis of 1939 was on strong couplings in particle physics, a subject on which he later published papers with Teller and Eugene Wigner. Between 1939 and 1942, he had positions at various institutions, including the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institute. There Critchfield got involved in defense-related work, and in April 1943 he joined the Manhattan...
- Gamow, George and Charles L. Critchfield. Theory of Atomic Nucleus and Nuclear Energy-Sources. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1949.Google Scholar