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Homer L. Dodge

Photo

Dates

1887 – 1983

Authorized Form of Name

Dodge, Homer L. (Homer Levi), 1887-1983

Additional Forms of Names

Dodge, Homer L.

Biography

Abstract

Physicist (electrical measurements) and educator. Homer Dodge was on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma as head of physics department (1919-1942), dean of graduate school (1926-1944), and organizer and director of Oklahoma Research Institute (1941-1944). Dodge was also a founder, first president, and member of Governing Board of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) from 1933 to 1939, director of the Office of Scientific Personnel, National Research Council (1942-1944), and president of Norwich University (1944-1950).

Important Dates

1887Birth, Ogdensburg (N.Y.).

1910Obtained BA, Colgate University, Hamilton (N.Y.).

1912Obtained MS, University of Iowa, Iowa City (Iowa).

1914Obtained PhD, University of Iowa, Iowa City (Iowa).

1915 – 1916Graduate assistant; instructor; and assistant professor, University of Iowa, Iowa City (Iowa).

1919 – 1942Chair of Physics Department, University of Oklahoma, Norman (Okla.).

1926 – 1944Dean of Graduate School, University of Oklahoma, Norman (Okla.).

1930 – 1939Founding member, first President, and member of Governing Board, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

1941Organized the Oklahoma Research Institute and was first Director, University of Oklahoma, Norman (Okla.).

1942 – 1944Director, Office of Scientific Personnel of the National Research Council (NRC).

1944Awarded Oersted Medal, American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

1944 – 1950President, Norwich University, Northfield (Vt.).

1947 – 1950President, Sigma Pi Sigma.

1983Death, Mechanicsville (Md.).

Occupation

Applied physicist.

Places

Birth

Ogdensburg (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

Hamilton (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Iowa City (Iowa)

Employment

Norman (Okla.)

Northfield (Vt.)

Death

Mechanicsville (Md.)

Subjects

Physics -- Study and teaching.

Citations

From the finding aid of the Homer L. Dodge papers, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD.

Relationships

People

Family

Dodge, Fletcher

Brother.

Dodge, Isabella Donaghue

Mother.

Dodge, Margaret Wing

Wife, married in 1917.

Dodge, Norton Townshend

Son.

Dodge, Orange Wood

Father.

Wallace, Alice Dodge

Daughter.

Advisors & Collaborators

Compton, K. T. (Karl Taylor), 1887-1954

Collaborated in founding of American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Klopsteg, Paul E. (Paul Ernest), 1889-

Collaborated in founding the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Palmer, Frederic, 1878-1967

Collaborated in founding the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Richtmyer, F. K. (Floyd Karker), 1881-1939

Collaborated in founding the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

States, M. N. (Marshall Ney)

Collaborated in founding the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Webster, Arthur Gordon, 1863-1923

Dodge served as a summer Research Assistant to Webster. Webster shared Dodge's concerns of the teaching of physics.

Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976

Collaborated in founding of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Additional

Barton, Henry Askew, 1898-1983

Hutchisson, Elmer, 1902-

Pegram, George Braxton, 1876-1958

Institutions

Major Positions

National Research Council (U.S.). Office of Scientific Personnel

Director.

Norwich University

President.

University of Iowa. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained MS (1912) and PhD (1914) and was a graduate assistant, an instructor, and an assistant professor.

University of Oklahoma. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Chair of Physics Department.

University of Oklahoma. Graduate College

Dean.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Association of Physics Teachers

President and founding member.

American Institute of Physics

American Physical Society

Colgate University

Obtained BA.

Sigma Pi Sigma

National President.

Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education (U.S.)

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Homer L. Dodge addition to papers, 1905-1994.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Homer L. Dodge papers, 1852-1994 (bulk 1910-1960).

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Homer Levi Dodge, 1963 January 23.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Reminiscences of Homer Levi Dodge: oral history, 1963.

Oral History Research Office

Columbia University

Box 20, Room 801 Butler Library, New York, NY 10027, USA

Subject

American Association of Physics Teachers project: oral history, 1963.

Oral History Research Office

Columbia University

Box 20, Room 801 Butler Library, New York, NY 10027, USA

American Association of Physics Teachers. Records of David Locke Webster, 1930-1958.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Association of Physics Teachers. Records of early history, 1929-1966.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Institute of Physics. Office of the Director, Henry A. Barton, 1931-1964.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Locke Webster, 1963 January 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frederic Palmer, Jr., 1963 January 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Marshall Ney States, 1963 January 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

A laboratory manual of physics

Problems in physics : Derived from military situations and experience

Subject

Homer Levi Dodge Physics Today obituary