Mott, (Sir) Nevill Francis (1905-96)
English physicist who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1977 for his work on the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems, especially amorphous semiconductors. The award was shared with Philip Anderson and H. H. Van Vleck.
Autograph Letter Signed, one page, 1988, on University of Cambridge letterhead. Addressed to Professor Pertile. Reads: Please forgive my delay in replying to your letter, partly due to a postal strike here. My talk in Stockholm in 1977 was about my work in semiconductors. I am afraid I have no reprints left. I enclose a recent reprint. My most recent book is “Conduction in non-Crystalline Materials,” published by Oxford University Press, 1987, 128 pages. I enclose a photograph. Yours sincerely, Neville Mott. Accompanied by a 5″x7″ black/white glossy reprint image.
Mott, Anderson and Van Vleck conducted loosely related research. Mott and Anderson clarified the reasons why magnetic or amorphous materials can sometimes be metallic and sometime insulating. In 1973 he was awarded the A.A. Griffith Medal and Prize.