Keith Brueckner

Keith Allen Brueckner (born 1924) is a theoretical physicist who has made important contributions in several areas of physics, including many-body theory in condensed matter physics, and laser fusion. He was born in Minneapolis on March 19, 1924. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 1945 and 1947 and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1950. After completing his Ph.D. he joined the physics faculty at Indiana University (1951–1955) and then at the University of Pennsylvania (1956–1959). In 1959, Brueckner was recruited by Roger Revelle to come to University of California, San Diego, where he became one of the founders of the Department of Physics. As Dean of the faculty during the early years of UCSD he was influential in recruiting several of the founding academics of the university. He and Murray Gell-Mann collaborated to show that the random phase approximation (RPA) can be derived by summing a series of Feynmann diagrams. The relevance and correctness of RPA were heavily debated at the time.

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September 19th, 2014 at age of 86


1. University of California, Berkeley Colleges/University

The University of California, Berkeley (also referred to as UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, or simply Cal) is a public research university located in Berkeley, California, United States. The university occupies 1,232 acres (499 ha) on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay with the central campus resting on 178 acres (72 ha). Berkeley offers approximately 350 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. Established in 1868 as the result of merger of the private College of California and the public Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College in Oakland, Berkeley is the oldest of the ten major campuses affiliated with the University of California (UC). Berkeley has been charged with providing both "classical" and "practical" education for the state's people and is generally considered to be the flagship institution in the University of California system. Berkeley co-manages three United States Department of Energy National Laboratories, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Type University
2012. 3.33 bil. $
2011. 3.03 bil. $
2010. 2.6 bil. $
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March 23rd, 1868
200 California Hall # 1500, 94720 - Berkeley, California
2012. 25,774
2011. 25,885
2010. 25,540
2009. 25,534
2006. 23,863
2012. 10,125
2011. 10,257
2010. 10,293
2009. 10,313
Acceptance rate
2014. 17.0 %
2012. 18.0 %
2011. 25.6 %
2010. 21.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 12.9 K $
2012. 12.9 K $
2011. 12.8 K $
2010. 10.9 K $
2009. 8.94 K $
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