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Anthony French

Anthony Philip French
Born (1920-11-19) November 19, 1920 [1]
Brighton, England
Residence United Kingdom
United States
Nationality British
Fields Nuclear Physics
Physics Education
Institutions Manhattan Project
South Carolina
Alma mater Cambridge
Notable awards Oersted Medal (1989)

Anthony Philip French (born November 19, 1920) is an emeritus professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was born in Brighton, England.

French is a graduate of Cambridge University, receiving his B.A. in 1942 and Ph. D. in 1948, both in physics. In 1942, he began working on the British effort to build an atomic bomb (codenamed Tube Alloys) at the Cavendish Laboratory. By 1944, Tube Alloys had been merged with the American Manhattan Project and he was sent to Los Alamos.

When the War ended, he returned to the UK, where he spent a couple of years at the newly formed Atomic Energy Research Establishment. He later joined the faculty at Cambridge, where he conducted his research at Cavendish and became a Fellow and Director of Studies in Natural Sciences at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

In 1955, French arrived at the University of South Carolina, where he was made chairman of the physics department. He left South Carolina in 1962 to take a faculty position in the MIT Physics Department, where he has been ever since.

French's main interest is undergraduate physics education. He was chairman of the Commission on Physics Education of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (1975-1981) and president of the American Association of Physics Teachers (1985-1986). He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society.


  • Books 1
  • Awards and honors 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Awards and honors


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External links

  • 2008 Video Interview with Anthony French by Atomic Heritage Foundation Voices of the Manhattan Project
  • 1992 Video Video Interview with Anthony French by Los Alamos Historical Society Voices of the Manhattan Project
  • Anthony French's web page at MIT
  • 1992 Video interview with Anthony French by Theresa Strottman Voices of the Manhattan Project
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