John Hasbrouck Van Vleck

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Van Vleck, John ( Hasbrouck) (1899–1980) US mathematician and physicist. He studied the behaviour of electrons in non-crystalline, magnetic materials. In the 1930s, Van Vleck became the first scientist to use quantum mechanics to explain the phenomenon of magnetism. He shared the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics.