Title: Physicist, Lawyer
Location: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Sam Mendel Silverman, Physicist and Lawyer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geophysics, social sciences, law and research.
Dr. Silverman has allowed his interests to guide him through his life and professional endeavors. For the early years of his career, he worked in physics, psychiatry and physiology. He later decided to become a lawyer upon realizing he could work as an individual rather than for someone. Dr. Silverman has reached levels of success in both of his chosen careers. In science, he wrote a paper explaining the theoretical basis for an experimental result which became one of the ten most cited papers in physics. In law, Dr. Silverman was the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award for his work on a case which resulted in getting an innocent man out of prison after 14 years. On top of law and science, Dr. Silverman served in the US Air Force from 1945 to 1946.
Dr. Silverman first earned a BChE from the City College of New York in 1945 and later received a PhD from Ohio State University in 1952. With his decision to switch to the practice of law, Dr. Silverman earned a JD from Suffolk University in 1982. From 1952 to 1955, he worked under a postdoctoral appointment at the Ohio State University. He then became an assistant professor in chemical physics at the University of Toledo from 1955 to 1957. From 1957 to 1980, he worked at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories as a research physicist and chief of the polar atmospheric processes branch and director of the Geopole Observatory. Upon admittance to the Massachusetts bar, he worked as a private counsel for the committee for public services.
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