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1Name:  Dr. Robert Coleman Richardson
 Institution:  Cornell University
 Year Elected:  2001
 Class:  1. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
 Subdivision:  106. Physics
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1937
 Death Date:  February 19, 2013
   
 
Robert Richardson served as the F. R. Newman Professor of Physics and Vice Provost for Research at Cornell University. One of the leading experts in the world on ultra low temperature phenomena, he is a co-discoverer of the superfluidity of He-3 at 2.6 mK, a discovery recognized by a Nobel Prize in 1996. This discovery led to an enormous flowering of both experimental and theoretical activity, in which Dr. Richardson remained a major participant for many years (at first, in the study of novel collective modes with ultrasound). He become a public-spirited spokesman for physics in general. He served with the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, on many government committees and on the board of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Richardson died February 19, 2013, at age 75 in Ithaca, New York.
 
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2001 (1)