Douglas Osheroff

American physicist

Douglas Dean Osheroff (born August 1, 1945) is an American physicist. He is known for his work in experimental condensed matter physics and for his co-discovery of superfluidity in Helium-3. He shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics along with David Lee and Robert C. Richardson.[1]

Douglas Osheroff
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Osheroff in 2011
Douglas Dean Osheroff

(1945-08-01) August 1, 1945 (age 76)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology (B.S.), Cornell University (Ph.D.)
Known forDiscovering superfluidity in Helium-3
Phyllis Liu (m. 1970)
AwardsNobel Prize in Physics (1996)
Simon Memorial Prize (1976)
Oliver E. Buckley Condensed Matter Prize (1981)
MacArthur Fellowship Program (1981)
Scientific career
FieldsExperimental Physics, Condensed Matter Physics
InstitutionsStanford University
Bell Labs
Doctoral advisorDavid Lee
InfluencesRichard Feynman


  1. "The Nobel Prize in Physics 1996". Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 2009-10-04.