Professor Mitchell received his PhD in 1962 from Florida State University. After two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University, he became an assistant professor at Columbia. In 1968 he joined North Carolina State University as an Associate Professor and became a full professor in 1974
His research has focused on experimental nuclear physics, with an early emphasis on the fine structure of isobaric analogue states. Since the 1970's he has specialized on aspects of random matrix theory; He provided the first verification of an early predictions by Dyson on the effect of symmetry breaking on level statistics. He obtained the first determination of the effect of symmetry breaking on transition strength distributions. He was very active in the measurement and explanation of the large parity violation observed in neutron resonances - a factor of 106 greater than the nominal weak interaction value.
Honors and Awards
- He received the Senior Scientist Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1975), as well as, a renewal of this award (1997). He was appointed Alumni Graduate Distinguished Professor at NCSU. He received the Jesse Beams Award of the American Physical Society in 1997. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society. He has been a guest scientist at Max Planck Institute, Heidelberg; University of Munster; Bochum University; Fudan University, Shanghai; Centro Internacional de Ciencas, Cuernavaca; Technical University Darmstadt; Sao Paulo University; Charles University, Prague; Brookhaven National Laboratory; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.