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Walter Gordy

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Dates

April 20, 1909 – October 6, 1985

Authorized Form of Name

Gordy, Walter, 1909-1985

Biography

Abstract

Walter Gordy was Emeritus Professor of Physics at Duke University (1946-1985). Other institutional affiliations included Massachusetts Institute of Technology Radiation Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. His research included microwave spectroscopy and hydrogen bonding.

Important Dates

April 20, 1909Birth, Newton County (Miss.).

1932Obtained BA, Mississippi College, Clinton (Miss.).

1933Obtained MA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (N.C.).

1935Obtained PhD in Physics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (N.C.).

1935 – 1941Associate Professor of Mathematics and Physics, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton (Tex.).

1941 – 1942National Research Fellow in Physics, California Institute of Technology.

1942 – 1946Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Radiation Laboratory.

1946 – 1985Associate Professor of Physics (1946-1948); Professor of Physics (1948-1958); James B. Duke Professor (1958-1979); and Emeritus Professor of Physics (1979-1985), Duke University, Durham (N.C.).

1953 – 1957Member, Advisory Committee, Office of Ordnance Research, United States Army.

1954 – 1957Member, Physical Science Division, National Research Council.

1958Visiting Professor, University of Texas, Austin.

1959 – 1965Member, Physics Advisory Panel, Radio Standards Laboratory, National Bureau of Standards.

1961 – 1971Member, Council, American Physical Society.

1968 – 1974Member, Physical Science Division, National Research Council.

1973 – 1977Member, Council, American Physical Society.

1974 – 1977Member, United States Committee, International Union of Pure and Applied Biophysics.

1980Awarded Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy, American Physical Society.

1985Member, National Academy of Sciences.

October 6, 1985Death, Durham (N.C.).

Occupation

Physicist.

Places

Birth

Newton County (Miss.)

Undergraduate Education

Clinton (Miss.)

Graduate Education

Chapel Hill (N.C.)

Employment

Belton (Tex.)

Durham (N.C.)

Death

Durham (N.C.)

Subjects

Biophysics.

Electrons -- diffraction.

Hydrogen bonding.

Microwave spectroscopy.

Relationships

People

Family

Gordy, Eileen

Daughter.

Gordy, Terrell

Son.

Gordy, Vida

Wife, married 1935.

Advisors & Collaborators

Plyler, Earle Keith, 1897-1976

PhD advisor at University of North Carolina.

Colleagues

Anderson, Carl D. (Carl David), 1905-1991

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Bateman, Harry, 1882-1946

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

DuMond, Jesse W. M. (Jesse William Monroe), 1892-1976

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Epstein, Paul S. (Paul Sophus), 1883-1966

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Fowler, William A.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Houston, W. V. (William Vermillion), 1900-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Lauritsen, Charles Christian, 1892-1968

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Lauritsen, Thomas, 1915-1973

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Neddermeyer, Seth H. (Seth Henry), 1907-1988

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

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

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Tolman, Richard C. (Richard Chace), 1881-1948

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Von Kármán, Theodore, 1881-1963

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Additional

Goldhaber, Maurice, 1911-2011

London, Fritz, 1900-1954

Prokhorov, A. M. (Aleksandr Mikhaĭlovich), 1916-2002

Institutions

Major Positions

California Institute of Technology. Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

National Research Fellow in Physics.

Duke University. Department of Physics

Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; James B. Duke Professor; and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Radiation Laboratory

Researcher.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Physics.

University of Texas at Austin. Department of Physics

Visiting Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Member, Council and received 1980 Earle K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy.

International Union for Pure and Applied Biophysics

Member, United States Committee.

Mississippi College

Obtained BA (1932).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

National Research Council (U.S.)

Member, Physical Science Division.

United States. Army. Ordnance Department

Member, Advisory Committee, Office of Ordnance Research.

United States. National Bureau of Standards

Member, Physics Advisory Panel, Radio Standards Laboratory.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained MA (1933) and PhD in Physics (1935).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Walter Gordy papers, 1949-1986.

Archives

Duke University

341 Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC 27706, USA

Subject

Duke University Department of Physics records, 1946-1959.

Archives

Duke University

341 Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC 27706, USA

Fritz London papers, 1926-1954.

Archives

Duke University

341 Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC 27706, USA

Oral history interview with A. M. Prokhorov, 1984 September 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Earle Plyler, 1964 April 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Maurice Goldhaber, 1967 January 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Microwave spectroscopy / [by] Walter Gordy, William V. Smith [and] Ralph F. Trambarulo.

Subject

"Walter Gordy: 1909-1995", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Walter Gordy Physics Today obituary.