László Tisza

László Tisza (July 7, 1907 – April 15, 2009) was a Hungarian-born American physicist who was Professor of Physics Emeritus at MIT. He was a colleague of famed physicists Edward Teller, Lev Landau and Fritz London, and initiated the two-fluid theory of liquid helium.[1]

László Tisza
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BornJuly 7, 1907
DiedApril 15, 2009(2009-04-15) (aged 101)
Alma materUniversity of Budapest
University of Göttingen
Leipzig University
Known forMicroscopic theory of the superfluid component of liquid helium
AwardsFellow, American Physical Society
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Guggenheim Fellow
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical physics
Quantum mechanics
InstitutionsKharkiv Theoretical Physics School
Collège de France
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral studentsMartin J. Klein
Herbert Callen

United StatesEdit

In 1941, Tisza immigrated to the United States and joined the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research areas included theoretical physics and the history and philosophy of science, specifically on the foundation of thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. He taught at MIT until 1973.


Tisza was the author of the 1966 book, Generalized Thermodynamics. The 1982 publication, Physics as Natural Philosophy: Essays in Honor of László Tisza, was written by Tisza's colleagues and former students in honor of his 75th birthday.


He was a Fellow of The American Physical Society and American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and had been a visiting professor at the University of Paris in Sorbonne.

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  1. ^ Friedman, Jerome; Greytak, Thomas J.; Kleppner, Daniel (July 2009). "Obituary: Laszlo Tisza". Physics Today. 62 (7): 65. Bibcode:2009PhT....62g..65F. doi:10.1063/1.3177236.

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