Walter Meyerhof

Walter Meyerhof

Experimental Atomic Physics

Retired: 1992

Donations may be made to:

Varian Fry Foundation Project
c/o Prof. Justus Rosenberg, Faculty,
Division of Languages and Literature
Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504

Dr. Walter E. Meyerhof passed away peacefully on May 27, 2006.  He was 84 years old.  He was born in Kiel, Germany in the same year that his father won the Nobel Prize for Medicine.  Following the family's flight from Germany, Meyerhof settled in the United States where he became Professor of Physics for 43 years.


  • M.A, 1944, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Ph.D., 1946, University of Pennsylvania 
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1946-49 
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University, 1949-52 
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Stanford University, 1952-59 
  • Professor of Physics, Stanford University, 1959-1992 
  • Professor Emeritus of Physics, Stanford University, 1992-present 
  • Lloyd Dinkelspiel Teaching Award, Stanford University, 1977 
  • Tenured Faculty Development Award, Stanford University, 1977-78 
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Frankfurt, 1980 
  • Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, U.S. Senior Scientist, 1980-81 


Study of inner-shell electronic excitation, ionization, capture, and electron-positron pair-production in MeV/N to GeV/N collisions. Threshold effects in positron scattering at eV energies.