Peter Beckmann was born and raised in the lumber mills and hockey rinks of New Westminster, near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He did his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in the Physics Department at the University of British Columbia. His principal thesis work involved using gas phase nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation techniques to better understand the quantum mechanical rotational structure of the methane molecule and the effects of collisions. He did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nottingham, England where he looked for Robin Hood and Maid Marian and studied the quantum mechanical tunneling of intramolecular atomic groups at low temperatures using electron spin and nuclear spin relaxation techniques. He joined the Physics Department at Bryn Mawr College in 1977 where he studies the relationship between structure and motion in solids using solid state nuclear spin-lattice relaxation techniques. He also enjoys teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including the freshman writing course and a course called "Physics, Evolution & Literature; Human Beings Modeling their World." When he is not teaching or doing research, he can be found in a local pub drinking Guinness and watching hockey games.
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