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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

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PeopleInstitutions

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Archival as AuthorArchival as SubjectPublished as Author

F. K. Richtmyer

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Dates

1881 – 1939

Authorized Form of Name

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

Additional Forms of Names

Richtmyer, Floyd K.

Richtmyer, Floyd Karker, 1881-1939

Biography

Abstract

Floyd Richtmyer was Professor of Physics at Cornell University (1918-1939). Other institutional affiliations include Drexel University and the Optical Society of America. His research interests include optics, x-rays, and instrumentation.

Important Dates

1881Birth, Cobleskill (N.Y.).

1904Obtained AB, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1904 – 1906Instructor, Drexel University.

1906 – 1939Instructor (1906-1911), Assistant Professor (1911-1918), full Professor (1918-1939), and Dean of the Graduate School (1931-1939), Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1910Obtained PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1918 – 1920Vice President (1918-19) and President (1920), Optical Society of America (OSA).

1924 – 1926President, Sigma Xi.

1924 – 1927Executive Board Member, Division of Physical Sciences, National Research Council (NRC).

1928Introduction to Modern Physics published.

1929Awarded Louis E. Levy Medal.

1930 – 1935Chairman, Executive Board, Division of Physical Sciences, National Research Council (NRC).

1931 – 1939Executive Committee member, Vice President (1935-1936), and President (1937-1938), American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

1932Elected, National Academy of Sciences.

1932 – 1939Editor, "Review of Scientific Instruments.".

1933 – 1939Editor, "Journal of the Optical Society of America.".

1934 – 1936Council Member (1934-1935), Vice President (1935), and President (1936), American Physical Society (APS).

1934 – 1939Executive Committee member, American Institute of Physics (AIP).

1938Elected, National Academy of Science's Council.

1939Death.

Occupation

Optical physicist.

Places

Birth

Cobleskill (N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Employment

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Subjects

Optics.

X-rays.

Relationships

People

Family

Mann, Sarah R.

Daughter.

Richtmyer, Bernie Davis

Wife.

Richtmyer, Lawson E.

Son.

Richtmyer, Robert D.

Son.

Advisors & Collaborators

Barton, Henry Askew, 1898-1983

Collaborated on experiments in x-rays.

Crittenden, E. C. (Eugene Classon), 1880-1956

Co-wrote 22 papers.

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

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

Mueller, Donald D., 1933-

Collaborated in their research at Cornell University.

Nichols, E. L. (Edward Leamington), 1854-1937

Advised by Nichols at Cornell University.

Palmer, Frederic, 1878-1967

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

Additional

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

Foote, Paul D. (Paul Darwin), 1888-1971

Kemble, Edwin C. (Edwin Crawford), 1889-

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

McCarthy, Rollin Herbert, 1899-

Pegram, George Braxton, 1876-1958

States, M. N. (Marshall Ney)

Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976

Institutions

Major Positions

Cornell University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1910); Instructor; Assistant Professor; and Professor.

Cornell University. Graduate School

Dean of the Graduate School.

Drexel University.

Instructor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Vice President, Section B.

American Association of Physics Teachers

President and founding member.

American Institute of Physics

Member, first Governing Board, Executive Committee and journal editor.

American Philosophical Society

American Physical Society

Member of their council, Vice President and President.

Association of American Universities

Member and General Secretary.

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

Member of society council.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member and served on council.

National Geographic Society (U.S.).

National Research Council (U.S.). Division of Physical Sciences

Member and Chairman of Board.

Optical Society of America

Journal editor, Vice President and President.

Society of the Sigma Xi

Member and President.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Division of Physical Sciences: Chapter VIII of the Consolidated Report upon the activities of the National Research Council, 1919-1932.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

AIP Office of the Director records of Henry A. Barton, 1931-1964.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, 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

Cornell University Department of Physics records [microform], 1876-1948.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Cornell University Department of Physics records, 1876-1994.

Carl A. Kroch Library. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections

Cornell University

2B Carl A Kroch Library, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Edwin C. Kemble papers [microform], 1919-1937.

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

Information on the National Academy's collections, 1978.

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 Henry A. Barton, 1970 March 3 and 16.

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

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

Oral history interview with Paul E. Klopsteg, 1963 January 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Paul E. Klopsteg, 1970 March 31.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Rollin H. McCarthy lecture notes, 1921.

Carl A. Kroch Library. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections

Cornell University

2B Carl A Kroch Library, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Published Resources

Author

Introduction to modern physics