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.
|Born||July 7, 1907|
|Died||April 15, 2009 (aged 101)|
|Alma mater||University of Budapest|
University of Göttingen
|Known for||Microscopic theory of the superfluid component of liquid helium|
|Awards||Fellow, American Physical Society|
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
|Institutions||Kharkiv Theoretical Physics School|
Collège de France
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Doctoral students||Martin J. Klein|
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.