Sabin Russell Science Writer

19Jun/15Off

Interacting with the Marvelous Marvin Cohen, Berkeley Physicist

Posted by Sabin Russell

Cohen_Albert, Marvin and Frank

Illustration by Mark Ulriksen.

My freelance days are drawing to a close (once again) as I prepare to start a new job in Seattle as a writer for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Before I was hired, I completed another assignment for the great Wendy Miller at California Magazine, the alumni magazine of UC Berkeley. It is a profile of Marvin Cohen, a Berkeley physicist who pioneered the use of computers and quantum mechanics to understand the mysteries of solid materials such as silicon. He is a delightful man whose life as a theoretical physicist is intertwined with his love of music. His work has been extremely important in materials sciences and in the development of the semiconductor industry.

The article is now published on the California Alumni Association website

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