Douglas D. Osheroff Biography
Birthday: August 1, 1945 (Leo)
Born In: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Douglas D. Osheroff is an American physicist who was one of the co-recipients of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Physics along with David Lee and Robert C. Richardson. The trio won the coveted award for their discovery of superfluidity in the isotope helium-3. Douglas began his career doing research in low-temperature physic and along with his colleagues used a Pomeranchuk cell to investigate the behavior of 3He at temperatures within a few thousandths of a degree of absolute zero. Their research eventually led them to the Nobel Prize winning work. Hailing from a medical family, he developed an early interest in science though he had no inclination towards the medical profession. His parents encouraged his love for science and motivated him by buying him a variety of scientific toys and gadgets. He grew up to join the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) where he had the good fortune of being tutored by Nobel laureate Richard Feynman. He proceeded to the Cornell University in Ithaca for his doctorate and received his PhD. It was here that he became deeply involved in research in low-temperature physics and worked with Lee and Richardson to make the discovery of superfluidity in the isotope helium-3. In addition to his academic duties, he has also served on the Space Shuttle Columbia investigation panel.