On February 19, 2018, eminent American physicist Charles Pence Slichter had passed away on the 95-th year of his life.
Having begun his physics career during the World War II, he got his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1949 under supervision of Edward M. Purcell, one of the discoverers of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) in solids, Nobel laureate in future. For 25 years his life was closely connected with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: assistant professor in 1951, associate professor in 1954, and full professor in 1955.
Ch.Slichter is best known for his work on nuclear magnetic resonance and superconductivity. His book “Principles of Magnetic Resonance” is a desk book for all students and physicists working in the field of magnetic resonance, including for Russian researchers. The upturn of the NMR relaxation rate just below the transition temperature known as the "Hebel-Slichter peak" has served as one of the confirmation of correctness of the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer theory of superconductivity.
Slichter was recognized in his country and over the world. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. Slichter was recognized with numerous honors including the American Physical Society’s Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics and Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics, the International Society of Magnetic Resonance’s Triennial Prize, and the National Academy of Sciences’ Comstock Prize. He also was awarded honorary Doctor degrees from the Harvard University, the University of Waterloo and the University of Leipzig. In 2007 Slichter was awarded the National Medal of Science for establishing NMR as a tool to reveal the fundamental molecular properties of liquids and solids.
Charles P. Slichter has lived a long and fruitful life and will remain in our memory as a brilliant scientist and a wise and kind man.
(The Editorial material was prepared by Prof. Tagirov M.S. and Dr. Dooglav A.V. )