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Malcolm Beasley

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Malcolm Roy Beasley (born 1940)[1] is an American physicist. He is Professor Emeritus of Applied Physics at Stanford University. He is known for his research related to superconductivity.[2]

Early life and education

Beasley was born at Stanford hospital, moving to Hawaii during World War II with his parents, who were social scientists.[3] He was a high school and college basketball player, earning All-Metropolitan honors at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland,[4] and playing for the Cornell Big Red in 1958-59.[5]

At Cornell University, Beasley earned his bachelor's degree in engineering physics in 1962 and his Ph.D. in 1967.[6]

Academic career

Beasley joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1968 where he remained until accepting a position at Stanford in 1974.[7] He was recruited to Stanford by Theodore Geballe, and after Aharon Kapitulnik joined the applied physics department, the three Stanford superconductivity researchers became known as the "KGB Group."[3]

In 1991, Beasley was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1] He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1993.[2]

In 1998, Beasley was named dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford.[3]

In 2002, Beasley served as chairman of the Jan Hendrik Schön commission, which determined that Schön fabricated much of his published research.[8]

In 2011, Beasley was elected to the Presidential line of the American Physical Society, becoming APS President in 2014.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Beasley, Malcolm R." National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c Manuel, Diane (October 7, 1998). "Malcolm Beasley new H&S dean". Stanford Report.
  4. ^ "1957 Schoolboy All-Star Teams". The Washington Post. March 3, 1957. p. C3. Malcolm (Mac) Beasley, Montgomery Blair, Forward, All-Metropolitan First Team
  5. ^ "1958-59 Men's Basketball Roster". Cornell University Athletics. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Malcolm R. Beasley". American Institute of Physics. February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Malcolm Beasley, Stanford University: Candidate for Vice President". American Physical Society. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2011.
  8. ^ Chang, Kenneth (September 26, 2002). "Panel Says Bell Labs Scientist Faked Discoveries in Physics". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "Members Elect Beasley to the APS Presidential Line". APS News (August/September 2011). American Physical Society.

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