Robert G. Sachs

Robert G. Sachs (May 4, 1916 – April 14, 1999) was an American theoretical physicist, a founder and a director of the Argonne National Laboratory.[1][2][3] Sachs was also notable for his work in theoretical nuclear physics, terminal ballistics, and nuclear power reactors.[3][4][4] Sachs was also a member of the National Academy of Sciences,[3] chairman of the Academy's Physics Section,[3] chairman of the Academy's Class I (Physical and Mathematical Sciences),[3] and director of the Enrico Fermi Institute of the University of Chicago.[3][4] Sachs was the author of the standard textbook Nuclear Theory (1953).[3]

Robert G. Sachs
Robert G. Sachs (right) with Atomic Energy Commission chair Dixy Lee Ray.
Robert Green Sachs

(1916-05-04)May 4, 1916
DiedApril 14, 1999(1999-04-14) (aged 82)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materJohns Hopkins University
Known fornuclear physics, terminal ballistics, and nuclear power reactors
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical physics
ThesisNuclear spins and magnetic moments by the alpha-particle model (1939)
Doctoral advisorMaria Goeppert-Mayer
Doctoral studentsGene Amdahl
Other notable studentsFrederick J. Ernst
InfluencesEdward Teller

Notable honors and awards

Life and career


  1. Nagourney, Eric (April 17, 1999). "Robert Sachs, Theoretical Physicist, Dies at 82". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2013.
  2. "Robert Sachs, Professor Emeritus in Physics, dies at age 82". University of Chicago Chronicle. 18 (15). April 29, 1999. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  3. Wali, Kameschwar C. (2004). Robert Green Sachs (PDF). Biographical Memoirs. 84. Washington, D.C.: National Academies Press. pp. 321–346. doi:10.17226/10992. ISBN 978-0-309-08957-9. Retrieved 2016-11-09.
  4. "Robert Green Sachs – Honorary Degree Recipient". Purdue University. Archived from the original on July 22, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013.

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