Carson Dunning Jeffries

March 22, 1922–October 18, 1995


CARSON JEFFRIES MADE MAJOR fundamental contributions to knowledge of nuclear magnetism, electronic spin relaxation, dynamic nuclear polarization, electron-hole droplets, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, and high-temperature superconductors. These accomplishments involved the Ph.D. programs of thirty-five graduate students, numerous postdoctoral scholars, and resulted in more than a hundred significant publications between 1947 and 1992. As an accomplished artist he exhibited early examples of correlated sound and laser color displays. It is evident that unusual scientific and artistic abilities reinforced each other in a remarkably talented and productive man. He is also remembered for being an uncommonly kind and gentle human being.

Personal History

Carson was born on March 22, 1922, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, where his father Charles William Jeffries was postmaster and his mother Yancey Dunning a Latin teacher. He had three brothers and a sister, all of whom have survived him. He considered attending a local junior college, but after interviewing the physics instructor (who told him that a rope draped over a frictionlessy pulley would move

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