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Michael Tinkham
Residence Flag of the United States.svg U.S.
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg U.S.
Institutions Harvard University
Alma mater MIT

Professional Life

Michael Tinkham is Rumford Research Professor of Physics and Gordon McKay Research Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University. Since gaining his PhD from MIT in 1954, Professor Tinkham has concentrated on superconductivity and published one of the classic textbooks on the subject in 1996. More recently he has focused on material properties where sample dimensions are in the nanometer range, including studies of nanowires and carbon nanotubes.

Prof. Tinkham was awarded the Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science in 2005. He has also been fondly honored for his achievements by his colleagues in the Journal of Superconductivity.


He is author of:

  • Tinkham, Michael (2004). Introduction to Superconductivity. Dover Publications. ISBN 0486435032.  
  • Tinkham, Michael (2003). Group Theory and Quantum Mechanics. Dover Publications. ISBN 0486432475.  


  • Harvard Faculty Page[1]
  • Saalfeld Award announcement [2]
  • Journal of Superconductivity: Volume 17, Number 5 / October, 2004 [3]
  • Journal of Superconductitivy: Volume 12, Number 3 / June, 1999 [4]


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