University of Minnesota
School of Physics & Astronomy

Past Van Vleck Lectures


Art McDonald

2015
"A Deeper Understanding of the Universe from 1.2 miles Underground"
Margaret Geller
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Margaret Geller

2015
"Click: The 3D Universe"
Margaret Geller
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Don Gurnett

2014
"The Epic Journey of Voyager 1 into Interstellar Space"
Don Gurnett
University of Iowa

Andre Geim

2013
"A Random Walk to Graphene"
Andre Geim
University of Manchester

Mildred Dresselhaus

2012

"The Promise of Nanomaterials for Thermoelectric Applications"
Mildred Dresselhaus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Anton Zeilinger

2011

"Quantum Games, Quantum Information, and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics"
Anton Zeilinger
University of Vienna

Albert Fert

2009

"Spintronics: electrons, spins, computers and telephones"
Albert Fert
Thales et Université Paris-Sud, Orsay, France

David Gross
2008

"he Coming Revolutions in Fundamental Physics"
David Gross
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics

Barry Barish
2007
"Probing Einstein's Universe"
Barry C. Barish
CALTECH
Anthony C. Leggett
2006
"Does the Everyday World Really Obey Quantum Mechanics?"
Sir Anthony J. Leggett
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Wolfgang Ketterle
2005
"Bose-Einstein Condensates:
the Coldest Matter in the Universe"

Wolfgang Ketterle
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Steven Chu
2004
"Holding on to Atoms and Molecules with Lasers:
From Atomic Clocks to Watching Biomolecules Move"

Steven Chu
Stanford University
John N. Bahcall
2003
"How does the Sun Shine?"
John N. Bahcall
Institute for Advanced Study
Horst L. Stormer
2002
"Fractional Charges and Other Tales from Flatland"
Horst L. Stormer
Columbia University
James W. Cronin
2001
"Some Episodes in the History of Cosmic Rays"
James W. Cronin
University of Chicago
Yakir Aharonov
2000
""The Case for the Next Revolution in Physics""
Yakir Aharonov
Tel Aviv University and University of South Carolina
Douglas Osheroff
1999
"Superfluidity in Helium Three:
The Discovery Though the Eyes of a Graduate Student"

Douglas Osheroff
Stanford University
Charles F. Stevens
1998
"How the Brain Computes"
Charles F. Stevens
Stanford University
Charles P. Slicter
1997
"50 Years of Surprises: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, a Scientific Evergreen"
Charles P. Slichter
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Freeman Dyson
1996
"New Directions in Applied Physics"
Freeman J.Dyson
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
P.G. de Gennes
1995
"Dynamics of Wetting and Dewetting: Hydroplaning of Cars, Offset Printing and the Treatment of Vineyards"
P.G. de Gennes
College de France, Paris
Paul C. W. Chu
1995
"The Path of No Resistance: Past, Present and Future"
Paul C. W. Chu
University of Houston
Robert B. Laughlin
1994
"More is Different: The Theory of Everything"
Robert B. Laughlin
Stanford University
Victor F. Weisskopf
1994
"Water Waves, Leaky Ceilings and the Height of Mountains"
Victor F. Weisskopf
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Frank J. Low
1993
"The Physics of Infrared Astronomy"
Frank J. Low
University of Arizona
Ben R. Mottelson
1992
"Development of Ideas About Atomic Nuclei"
Ben R. Mottelson
NORDITA, Copenhagen, Denmark
Wolfgang Paul
1991
"Experiments with Stored Neutrons: Measurements of Lifetime and Weight"
Wolfgang Paul
University of Bonn, Germany
Charles H. Townes
1990

Charles H. Townes
University of California, Berkeley
K. Alex Muller
1990

K. Alex Muller
IBM Zurich Research Laboratory and University of Zurich
L. Lederman
1989
"Inner Space and Outer Space"
L. Lederman
Fermi National Laboratory and University of Chicago
Steven Hawking
1989
"Imaginary Time"
Steven Hawking
University of Cambridge
S. Glashow
1989
"The Challenge in Particle Physics"
S. Glashow
Harvard University
L. Kadanoff
1989
"Snatching Chaos from Order"
L. Kadanoff
University of Chicago
N. Bloembergen
1988
"The Science and Technology of Directed Energy Weapons in SDI"
N. Bloembergen
Harvard University
John Bardeen
1988
"Superconductivity: History and Recent Developments"
John Bardeen
University of Illinois, Urbana
M. Gell-Mann
1987
"Is Everything in the Universe Composed of Superstrings"
M. Gell-Mann
California Institute of Technology
K. von Klitzing
1986
"Applications of the Quantum Hall Effecgt"
K. von Klitzing
Max-Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Stuttgart
B. Bleaney
1985
"Magnetism at Large"
B. Bleaney
University of Oxford
W. A. Fowler
1984
"The Quest for the Origin of the Elements"
W.A. Fowler
California Institute of Technology
P.W. Anderson
1983
"And Just Exactly What Do You Do Dr. Anderson?"
P.W. Anderson
AT&T Bell Laboratories and Princeton University