Superconductivity Oral Histories

“Everyone who believes himself to have made a significant discovery will admit that the first inklings had their origin in something read or heard, and very likely misunderstood. The final result is none the worse because it was reached by stumbling - it is only our pride which is hurt when we fail to measure up to that perfection of progress that the great men of the past always seemed to achieve. Or did they? If we wish to boast of our achievements, let us not point to the unerring pursuit of truth by a logically faultless thinking-machine, but to the even more astonishing way in which truth can be caused to emerge from the toils of error and stupidity.”

(Ref: A. B. Pippard, quoted in "100 Years of Superconductivity”, Ed. H. Rogalla and P.H. Kes, CSC Press, (2011) p 49)

Oral histories provide us with a valuable insight into the circumstances under which the application superconductivity and technical superconductors have progressed and the IEEE Council on Superconductivity is actively engaged in selecting and sponsoring interviews with prominent senior researchers and managers in the field of superconductivity.

Below is a listing of the oral histories currently in the collection with a brief biography of each by Sheldon Hochheiser: 

Click on an individual to view extended information and to read the Oral History.


René Flükiger

IEEE Region: 8

Yukikazu Iwasa

IEEE Region: 1

Alexis P. Malozemoff

American Superconductor Corporation
IEEE Region: 1

Theodore Van Duzer

IEEE Region: 6

Michael A. Green

Electronics Publishing
IEEE Region: 6