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Title: In celebration of Ilya Lifshitz

Abstract

Here, virtually every physicist has encountered the famous Landau and Lifshitz textbooks, but many may not know that there were two Lifshitz brothers, both physicists. The textbook Lifshitz is the older, Evgeny Lifshitz (1915–85); this article concerns the younger, Ilya Lifshitz (1917–82), shown in figure 1 as a young man. Their parents were Mikhail Lifshitz, a physician, and Berta. Mikhail was from a poor Jewish family that lived in the Pale of Settlement in tsarist Russia. He received his medical education in Heidelberg, Germany, where he won a gold medal for student research and, according to family legend, was presented to Queen Victoria as one of the best European medical students. As was traditional in such families, Evgeny and Ilya received a sound early education at home. Evgeny excelled in languages; Ilya was proficient in music.

Authors:
 [1];  [2]; ORCiD logo [3]
  1. New York Univ. (NYU), NY (United States)
  2. Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)
  3. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1441299
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-21133
Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9228
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physics Today
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 70; Journal Issue: 11; Journal ID: ISSN 0031-9228
Publisher:
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS; High Magnetic Field Science

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Grosberg, Alexander Y., Halperin, Bertrand, and Singleton, John. In celebration of Ilya Lifshitz. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1063/PT.3.3764.
Grosberg, Alexander Y., Halperin, Bertrand, & Singleton, John. In celebration of Ilya Lifshitz. United States. doi:10.1063/PT.3.3764.
Grosberg, Alexander Y., Halperin, Bertrand, and Singleton, John. Wed . "In celebration of Ilya Lifshitz". United States. doi:10.1063/PT.3.3764. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1441299.
@article{osti_1441299,
title = {In celebration of Ilya Lifshitz},
author = {Grosberg, Alexander Y. and Halperin, Bertrand and Singleton, John},
abstractNote = {Here, virtually every physicist has encountered the famous Landau and Lifshitz textbooks, but many may not know that there were two Lifshitz brothers, both physicists. The textbook Lifshitz is the older, Evgeny Lifshitz (1915–85); this article concerns the younger, Ilya Lifshitz (1917–82), shown in figure 1 as a young man. Their parents were Mikhail Lifshitz, a physician, and Berta. Mikhail was from a poor Jewish family that lived in the Pale of Settlement in tsarist Russia. He received his medical education in Heidelberg, Germany, where he won a gold medal for student research and, according to family legend, was presented to Queen Victoria as one of the best European medical students. As was traditional in such families, Evgeny and Ilya received a sound early education at home. Evgeny excelled in languages; Ilya was proficient in music.},
doi = {10.1063/PT.3.3764},
journal = {Physics Today},
number = 11,
volume = 70,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {11}
}

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