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Alfven, Hannes Olof Gosta (1908- ):

Short Biography – Alfven, Hannes Olof Gosta (1908- ):

What I know of Alfven is that he was born in Sweden in 1908; and, while at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, in 1970, he won the Nobel Prize in Physics “for fundamental work and discoveries in magneto-hydrodynamics with fruitful applications in different parts of plasma physics.” I first bumped into Alfven when I picked up a small paperback book of his, which I very much enjoyed, Atom, Man, and the Universe, The Long Chain of Complications (San Francisco: Freeman, 1969). It was written simply and plainly for a general audience, and enables us “to view ourselves both as a part of the atomic microcosm and as part of the universe that dwarfs us.”

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