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John Kirtley was born in California in 1929 (39 er 49, its hard to subtract when the numbers get so big). Soon after he moved east to the New York/ Connecticut area. Then he moved back to California, then he moved back to the New York Connecticut area. This more than anything typifies John's approach to life. Keep trying until you get it right, and stick with it once it works. (Expect another move to California in the near future).
As is common
for John, he kept trying until he got it right, and eventually married
a "blond bomshell," as he calls her, who could match his mind and was even
a step ahead of him in some areas (like birthday's for instance).
John and Kathy had
a son, David.
The influence that
John has had over David can be seen in all aspects of his life. For
example, David hates math, hates science and really enjoys discussing politics.
John is an outdoor enthusiast. Next to his family and work, exercise and the out of doors may be the most important thing in his life. Most people don't know he was awarded an undergraduate scholarship in track and field as a pole vaulter. A left/right brain problem ended his dreams of olympic gold, but john remained active:
look like he is enjoying himself?
But not nearly as much as this guy!
over Loveland Pass during the triple bypass in Colorado. You know,
to get this picture someone had to have ridden over the pass ahead of John.
pass, this time in Austria.
A motley crew.
John was actually
the first person to "coin" the Indian Jones hat, but the Muncee Kirtley
hat, as he called it didn't catch on. Maybe it was the name?
When you post doc with John, the final exam before leaving is unusual. You have to prove you can hike with the Kirtley's.
We see where
John is, so where's the Bear?
Just angle right,
and contour left. Should be easy!"
John explored a
broad range of phenomenah and was quite successful But his real breakthrough
came when he began working with the scanning squid microscope, shown schematically
At one point, John misinterpreted a directive from management to do less science as a practical joke. While his colleagues scrambled to find new jobs, John applied his microscope to measurements of flux quanta in high temperature superconductors. His (and colleagues) discovery of half integer flux quanta, rocked the theoretical community, and earned him the prestigious Buckley Prize in 1998.
But fame brings
with it some serious downsides. John has had difficulty dealing with
the paparrazzi, faked pictures of him with farm animals in the tabloids,
throngs of authograph seekers etc. Here he is seen at the Buckley prize
reception with co-prize winner Chang Tsui and a star struck science groupie
who crashed the event just to share a moment in the limelight.
But it's had its
rewards as well. John has collaborators all over the world.