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Theodore Lyman

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Dates

November 23, 1874 – October 11, 1954

Authorized Form of Name

Lyman, Theodore, 1874-1954

Biography

Abstract

Theodore Lyman was Emeritus Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Harvard University (1899-1954). His research interests included the spectroscopy of the extreme ultraviolet and diffraction gratings.

Important Dates

November 23, 1874Birth, Boston (Mass.).

1897Obtained AB, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1899Obtained AM, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1899 – 1901Assistant in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1900Obtained PhD in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1901 – 1902Post Doctoral Researcher, Cambridge University, Cambridge (England).

1902 – 1954Instructor in Physics (1902-1907); Assistant Professor of Physics (1907-1917); Director, Jefferson Physical Laboratory (1910-1947); Professor of Physics (1917-1921); Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (1921-1926); and Emeritus Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy (1926-1954), Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1917Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1921 – 1922President, American Physical Society.

1924 – 1927President, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

October 11, 1954Death, Brookline (Mass.).

Occupation

Optical physicist.

Places

Birth

Boston (Mass.)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Cambridge (England)

Employment

Cambridge (Mass.)

Death

Brookline (Mass.)

Subjects

Diffraction gratings.

Optics.

Spectrum analysis.

Ultraviolet radiation.

Relationships

People

Family

Lyman, Elizabeth Russell, 1836-1911

Mother.

Lyman, Theodore, 1833-1897

Father.

Advisors & Collaborators

Harrison, George Russell, 1898-1979

Advised by Lyman at Harvard University.

Sabine, Wallace Clement

PhD advisor at Harvard University, "False spectra from the Rowland Concave grating."

Thomson, J. J. (Joseph John), 1856-1940

Post doctoral advisor at University of Cambridge.

Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976

Advised by Lyman at Harvard University, "I. On an electromagnetic theory of gravitation. II. On the existence and properties of the ether," and both employed at Harvard University.

Colleagues

Allison, Samuel King, 1900-1965

Both employed at Harvard University.

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

Both employed at Harvard University.

Bardeen, John

Both employed at Harvard University.

Barton, Henry Askew, 1898-1983

Both employed at Harvard University (NRC fellowship).

Bloembergen, N.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Branscomb, Lewis M., 1926-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Breit, Gregory, 1899-1981

Both employed at Harvard University.

Bridgman, P. W. (Percy Williams), 1882-1961

Both employed at Harvard University.

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Both employed at Harvard University.

Feenberg, Eugene

Both employed at Harvard University.

Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981

Both employed at Harvard University.

Furry, W. H. (Wendell Hinkle), 1907-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Glauber, Roy J., 1925-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Griggs, David, 1911-1974

Both employed at Harvard University.

Hill, Edward Lee, 1904-1974

Both employed at Harvard University.

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

Both employed at Harvard University.

Kent, R. H. (Robert Harrington), 1886-1961

Both employed at Harvard University.

Kohn, Walter, 1923-2016

Both employed at Harvard University.

Mackey, George W. (George Whitelaw), 1916-2006

Both employed at Harvard University.

Mulliken, Robert Sanderson

Both employed at Harvard University.

Nier, Alfred O. (Alfred Otto), 1911-1994

Both employed at Harvard University.

Oldenberg, Otto, 1888-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Both employed at Harvard University.

Pierce, George Washington, 1872-1956

Both employed at Harvard University.

Pound, Robert V.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Purcell, Edward M.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Ramsey, Norman, 1915-2011

Both employed at Harvard University.

Saunders, Frederick A. (Frederick Albert), 1875-1963

Both employed at Harvard University.

Schiffer, Menahem

Both employed at Harvard University.

Schwinger, Julian, 1918-1994

Both employed at Harvard University.

Segal, Irving Ezra

Both employed at Harvard University.

Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976

Both employed at Harvard University.

Starr, Chauncey

Both employed at Harvard University.

Street, Jabez Curry, 1906-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Tousey, Richard

Both employed at Harvard University.

Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980

Both employed at Harvard University.

Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000

Both employed at Harvard University.

Additional

Armstrong, Alice H.

Baum, William A.

Hall, Edwin Herbert, 1855-1938

Hunt, Frederick V.

Laird, Elizabeth Rebecca, 1874-1969

Libby, Willard F.

Institutions

Major Positions

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Obtained AB (1897), AM (1899), and PhD in Physics (1900). Assistant in Physics; Instructor in Physics; Assistant Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy; and Emeritus Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Harvard University.

Harvard University. Jefferson Physical Laboratory

Director.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

President.

American Physical Society

President.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

University of Cambridge. Department of Physics

Post Doctoral Researcher.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Edwin Herbert Hall and Thedore Lyman correspondence, 1917-1918.

Archives. Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Harvard University Department of Physics records, 1879-[ongoing].

Archives. Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Harvard University Physics Laboratories records, 1906-1949.

Archives. Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Papers of physicists and astronomers in Hoover Library, 1918-1965.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

West Branch, IA 52358, USA

Scientists collection, 1563-1973.

Library

American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Theodore Lyman papers, 1900-1955.

Archives. Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Subject

Elizabeth Rebecca Laird papers, 1897-1959.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Alice Armstrong, 1979 June 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Locke Webster, 1964 May 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edward M. Purcell, 1976 November 23.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frederick Vinton Hunt, 1964 December 18 and 1965 January 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Jabez Street, 1976 November 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John Van Vleck, 1977 January 28.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Willard Frank Libby, 1979 April 12 and 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral History interview with William A. Baum, 1983 January 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Percy Williams Bridgman papers, 1905-1982.

Archives. Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Published Resources

Author

The spectroscopy of the extreme ultra-violet / by Theodore Lyman.

Subject

"Theodore Lyman: 1874-1954", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Theodore Lyman Physics Today obituary.