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Brebis Bleaney CBE FRS (6 June 1915 – 4 November 2006)[1] was a British physicist. His main area of research was the use of microwave techniques to study the magnetic properties of solids. He was head of the Clarendon Laboratory at the University of Oxford from 1957 to 1977. In 1992, Bleaney received the International Zavoisky Award "for his contribution to the theory and practice of electron paramagnetic resonance of transition ions in crystals."

Brebis Bleaney
Born(1915-06-06)6 June 1915
Died4 November 2006(2006-11-04) (aged 91)
Known forElectron paramagnetic resonance
AwardsHughes Medal (1962)
Scientific career
InstitutionsClarendon Laboratory, (University of Oxford)
Doctoral advisorFrancis Simon

He was best known to generations of physics students for the standard undergraduate textbook on electromagnetism, Electricity and Magnetism,[2] co-authored with his wife Betty.[3]


  1. ^ Elliott, R. (2009). "Brebis Bleaney. 6 June 1915 -- 4 November 2006". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 55: 3–11. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2008.0018.
  2. ^ Bleaney, B.; Bleaney, B. Electricity and Magnetism. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198511728.
  3. ^ Roger Elliott (8 January 2007). "Obituary: Brebis Bleaney". The Guardian.

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