David Shoenberg

David Shoenberg
David Shoenberg
Born January 4, 1911(1911-01-04)
Died March 10, 2004(2004-03-10) (aged 93)
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Spouse Catherine Felicitee Fischmann

David Shoenberg, MBE FRS[1], (4 January 1911-10 March 2004) was a British physicist.

David Shoenberg was born in 1911, the son of Isaac (later Sir Isaac) Shoenberg. Isaac, born in Pinsk in Russia (now Belarus) was the principal inventor of the high-definition television system used by the BBC for the world’s first high-definition television broadcast from London in 1936. He came to Britain and acquired British nationality, but then returned to Russia where David was born. David was, however, a British citizen, and was brought to Britain as a boy. He was educated at Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took his doctorate in 1935. [2]

He began his research into aspects of low-temperature physics and magnetism at the Mond Laboratory at Cambridge. After the war he played a leading role in re-establishing low-temperature physics at Cambridge, becoming head of the Mond Laboratory in 1947. He remained in this post until 1973. He was Professor of Physics, Cambridge University and Head of Low Temperature Physics Group, Cavendish Laboratory, 1973-78, then Professor Emeritus. He was also a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

He received the MBE in 1944. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1953 and was awarded their Hughes Medal in 1995 "for his work on the electronic structure of solids, in particular by exploiting low temperature techniques, particularly the De Haas Van Alphen effect".[3]

He won the Fritz London Memorial Prize for Low-Temperature Physics in 1964.

He had married Catherine Felicitee Fischmann in 1940; they had a son and two daughters.


  1. ^ Pippard, S. B. (2005). "David Shoenberg. 4 January 1911 -- 10 March 2004: Elected F.R.S. 1953". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 51: 379. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2005.0025.  edit
  2. ^ "Professor David Shoenberg". London: Times Online. 16 March 2004. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article1047107.ece. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Hughes Medal (1902)". The Royal Society. http://royalsociety.org/Hughes-Medal/. Retrieved 14 August 2010. 

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