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Dr. Charles Pence Slichter

Born January 21, 1924
Ithaca, NY
Nationality United States
Fields Physics
Institutions University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alma mater Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Edward Purcell
Notable awards National Medal of Science (2007)
Buckley Prize (1996)
Irving Langmuir Award (1969)

Charles Pence Slichter (born January 21, 1924) is an American physicist, best known for his work on nuclear magnetic resonance and superconductivity.

He was awarded the 2007 National Medal of Science "for establishing nuclear magnetic resonance as a powerful tool to reveal the fundamental molecular properties of liquids and solids. His inspired teaching has led generations of physicists and chemists to develop a host of modern technologies in condensed matter physics, chemistry, biology and medicine."[1]



Slichter's research has focused primarily on NMR and superconductivity. His most important work includes[2]:

  • Co-discoverer of the Hebel-Slichter effect, giving the earliest evidence for the BCS theory of superconductivity.
  • With Tom Carver, Slichter performed the first ENDOR, and gave the first demonstration of the Overhauser Effect.
  • With Gutowsky and McCall, discovered J-coupling.

He also served as a member of the Harvard Corporation, Harvard's primary governing body, from 1970-1995[3]; as a member of the board of the National Science Foundation from 1976-1984; as a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee from 1965-1969; as a member of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science, 1969-1974; and as a member of the President's Committee on Science and Technology Policy, 1976.[4]


Slichter is the son of economist Sumner Slichter, the grandson of mathematician Charles S. Slichter, and the father of musician Jacob Slichter.[5]


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