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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Archival as AuthorArchival as SubjectPublished as AuthorPublished as Subject

F. W. Loomis

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Dates

August 4, 1889 – February 9, 1976

Authorized Form of Name

Loomis, F. W. (Francis Wheeler), 1889-1976

Additional Forms of Names

Loomis, Francis Wheeler

Loomis, Francis Wheeler, 1889-1976

Biography

Abstract

Professor of Physics and Department Head (1929-1957), University of Illinois, and Director of the Control Systems Laboratory (1952-1959).

Important Dates

August 4, 1889Birth, Parkersburg (W. Va.).

1910Obtained A.B., Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1913Obtained A.M., Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1917Obtained Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1917Research Physicist, Lamp Division, Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.

1917 – 1919Captain, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Ordnance Department, U. S. Army.

1919 – 1920Research Physicist, Lamp Division, Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.

1920 – 1929Assistant Professor (1920-22) and Associate Professor of Physics (1922-29), New York University, New York (N.Y.).

1928 – 1929Guggenheim Fellow, University of Göttingen and University of Zurich.

1929 – 1976Professor (1929-59); Head, Physics Department (1929-57); Director, Control Systems Laboratory (1952-59); and Emeritus Professor of Physics (1959-76), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign (Ill.).

1941 – 1946Associate Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Radiation Laboratory.

1947Chair, Personnel Committee, U. S. Atomic Energy Commission.

1948 – 1952Member, Governing Board, American Institute of Physics (AIP).

1949Elected member, National Academy of Sciences.

1949President, American Physical Society (APS).

1951 – 1952Director, Project Charles and Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

February 9, 1976Death, Urbana (Ill.).

Occupation

Molecular spectroscopist.

Places

Birth

Parkersburg (W. Va.)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

New York (N.Y.)

Champaign (Ill.)

Death

Urbana (Ill.)

Subjects

Atomic bomb.

Ballistics.

Betatrons.

Cyclotrons.

Molecular spectroscopy.

National security.

Naval research -- United States.

Nuclear physics.

Physical laboratories -- Administration.

Radar.

Radiation -- Testing.

Spectrum analysis.

World War, 1914-1918 -- Anti-aircraft artillery operations -- Research.

World War, 1914-1918.

Relationships

People

Family

Loomis, Edith Smith

Wife.

Advisors & Collaborators

Birge, Raymond T. (Raymond Thayer), 1887-

Co-wrote "Molecular Spectra in Gases."

Colby, Walter F. (Walter Francis), 1880-

Co-wrote "Molecular Spectra in Gases."

Davis, Harvey N. (Harvey Nathaniel), 1881-

Ph.D. advisor at Harvard University on the heat of vaporization of mercury.

Franck, James, 1882-1964

Worked with Loomis at University of Göttingen.

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

Co-wrote "Molecular Spectra in Gases."

Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-1993

Advised by Loomis at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, "The Molecular Spectra of Caesium and Rubidium."

Page, Leigh, 1884-

Co-wrote "Molecular Spectra in Gases."

Wood, Robert Williams, 1868-1955

Collaborated on the analysis of spectra.

Colleagues

Abrahams, Elihu

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Allen, James S. (James Sircom), 1911-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Almy, Gerald Marks, 1904-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Anderson, A. C. (Ansel Cochran), 1933-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bardeen, John

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bartlett, James H. (James Holley), 1904-2000

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Baym, Gordon

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Bolt, Richard H.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Breit, Gregory, 1899-1981

Both employed at New York University.

Chew, Geoffrey F.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.

Cooper, Leon N. (Leon Neil), 1930-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dancoff, Sidney M., 1913-1951

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Drell, Sidney D. (Sidney David), 1926-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901-1994

Both employed at the Radiation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Duke, Charles B.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Feibelman, Peter J.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Frauenfelder, Hans, 1922-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ginsberg, Donald M.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Goldhaber, Gertrude S. -1998

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Goldhaber, Maurice, 1911-2011

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Haworth, Leland J. (Leland John), 1904-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Hilberry, Norman, 1899-

Both employed at New York University.

Jackson, John David, 1925-2016

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kadanoff, Leo P.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kerst, Donald William, 1911-1993

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Klein, Miles V., 1933-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Kruger, P. Gerald (Peter Gerald), 1902-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lazarus, David, 1921-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Leggett, A. J. (Anthony J.)

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lieb, Elliott H.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Low, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1921-2007

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Lyman, Ernest McIntosh, 1910-1990

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Mapother, Dillon E. (Dillon Edward), 1921-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Massey, Walter E.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Maurer, Robert Joseph, 1913-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

McMillan, William L.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Morrison, Philip

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Mulliken, Robert Sanderson

Both employed at New York University.

Nishijima, K. (Kazuhiko), 1926-2009

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Novick, Robert

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Overhauser, Albert Warner, 1925-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Pandharipande, V. R.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Pines, David, 1924-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Ramsey, Norman, 1915-2011

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Schrieffer, J. R. (John Robert), 1931-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Serber, R. (Robert)

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Sherwin, Chalmers William, 1916-

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Simmons, Ralph Oliver

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Slichter, Charles P.

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Tape, Gerald Frederick, 1915-2005

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Wheatley, John Charles

Both employed at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Additional

Allison, Samuel King, 1900-1965

Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988

Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996

Brode, Robert B. (Robert Bigham), 1900-1986

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

Darrow, Karl K. (Karl Kelchner), 1891-

Dryden, Hugh L. (Hugh Latimer), 1898-1965

Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978

Hoddeson, Lillian

Hutchisson, Elmer, 1902-

Killian, James Rhyne, 1904-1988

Koch, Herman William, 1920-

McMillan, Edwin M. (Edwin Mattison), 1907-

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Panofsky, Wolfgang K. H. (Wolfgang Kurt Hermann), 1919-2007

Purcell, Edward M.

Waterman, Alan Tower, 1892-1967

Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976

Students at Harvard University together.

Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995

Zacharias, Jerrold Reinach, 1905-1986

Institutions

Major Positions

Lincoln Laboratory

Director of Project Charles, which led to the establishment of Lincoln Laboratory.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Radiation Laboratory

Associate Director.

New York University. Department of Physics

Assistant Professor and Associate Professor of Physics.

United States. Army. Ordnance Department

Captain, Aberdeen Proving Ground.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Department of Physics

Professor; Head, Physics Department; Director of Control Systems Laboratory; and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company

Research Physicist, Lamp Division.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Institute of Physics

Member, Governing Board.

American Physical Society

President.

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Obtained A.B., A.M., and Ph.D.

Manhattan Project (U.S.)

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission

Chair, Personnel Committee.

Universität Göttingen

Guggenheim Fellow.

Universitat Zurich

Guggenheim Fellow.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

F. W. Loomis papers, 1920-1976.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Physics course notebooks, 1935-1946.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Subject

Donald W. Kerst papers, 1937-1959.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

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

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Highlights in the History of the Physics Department in the University of Illinois (1868-1968), 1967.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Life with Wheeler in the Physics Department, 1929-1940, 1957.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Lillian Hoddeson addition to papers, 1913-2006.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Charles Slichter, 2005 March 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Lazarus, 1981 December 4.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Pines, 1981 April 13 and 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edward M. Purcell, 1991 June 14.

IEEE History Center

Rutgers University

39 Union Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA

Oral history interview with Frederick Seitz, 1981 January 26, 27, March 24 and 1982 March 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frederick Seitz, 1982 October 6 and 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Herman William Koch, 1986 September 16 to 11 October 1987.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Kenneth Bainbridge, 1991 June 10.

IEEE History Center

Rutgers University

39 Union Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Department of Physics Betatron Project correspondence, 1938-1970.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics Department reading files, 1925-2006.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics Department subject file, 1925-2006.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Published Resources

Author

Molecular spectra in gases: report of the Committee on Radiation in Gases, Edwin C. Kemble, Raymond T. Birge, Walter F. Colby, F. Wheeler Loomis, Leigh Page, 1926.

Subject

F. Wheeler Loomis Physics Today obituary

The Loomis legacy / by David Lazarus.