As he told Mac Beasley and me one day while driving to a faculty retreat, he was finally given authorization, but only for one billet. His problem was that he had two promising candidates and couldn’t choose between them. In order to comply with the Physics Department’s strict limit of only one appointment in physics, he was given permission to make both appointments, but the second would have to be in a new division (of applied physics). Marvin did just that. His two promising candidates were Art Schawlow, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Cal Quate, renowned, among other things, as a developer of the atomic force microscope. In 1961, Art went to Physics and Cal to the new division.
In succeeding years, Chodorow recruited other luminaries, including Arthur Bienenstock, Walter Harrison, and Geballe. “Marvin’s intense interest in his colleagues and his undisguised pleasure in their achievements made the Ginzton Lab a special place and a strong contributor to Stanford throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s,” Geballe recalled. “His colleagues, both in Applied Physics and beyond, had a deep affection for Marvin for his personal contributions to the lives of every person he touched.”
Professor Chodorow remained a consultant to Varian Associates from its founding until his retirement. One of the first companies in what was to become Silicon Valley, Varian specialized in manufacturing high-powered klystrons that enabled the research and development of linear accelerators around the world and the successful treatment of cancer through radiation.
Chodorow was a lecturer at the Ecole Normale Superieur in Paris (1955–1956) and a Fulbright Fellow at Cambridge University (1962–1963). The University of Glasgow gave him an honorary doctor of laws degree in 1972. His other awards include the W.R.G. Baker Award from the Institute of Radio Engineers (1962) and the Lamme Medal from IEEE (1982). Chodorow was coauthor, with Charles Susskind, of Fundamentals of Microwave Electronics, published in 1964, and about 40 technical articles. He also held at least a dozen patents.