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Edward Purdy Ney

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Dates

October 29, 1920 – July 9, 1996

Authorized Form of Name

Ney, Edward Purdy, 1920-

Biography

Abstract

Edward Ney was Regents Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota (1974-1996). Other institutional affiliations included the University of Virginia. His research interests included cosmic-rays, atmospheric research, and infrared astronomy.

Important Dates

October 29, 1920Birth, Minneapolis (Minn.).

1942Obtained BS, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Minn.).

1943 – 1944Consultant, Naval Research Laboratory, United States Navy.

1946Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Va.).

1946 – 1947Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (Va.).

1947 – 1996Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics and Astronomy (1947-1974); Chair, Department of Astronomy (1974-1978); Regents professor of Physics and Astronomy (1974-1996), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Minn.).

1971Member, National Academy of Sciences.

July 9, 1996Death, Minneapolis (Minn.).

Occupation

Astrophysicist.

Places

Birth

Minneapolis (Minn.)

Undergraduate Education

Minneapolis (Minn.)

Graduate Education

Charlottesville (Va.)

Employment

Minneapolis (Minn.)

Death

Minneapolis (Minn.)

Subjects

Astronomy.

Astrophysics.

Atmospheric physics.

Cloud chamber.

Cosmic rays.

Relationships

People

Family

Ney, Arthur

Son.

Ney, Jessamine Purdy

Mother.

Ney, John, 1946-

Son.

Ney, Judy, 1944-

Daughter.

Ney, June Felsing

Wife. Married in 1942.

Ney, Nancy

Sister.

Ney, Otto Fred

Father.

Ney, William

Son.

Advisors & Collaborators

Beams, Jesse W. (Jesse Wakefield), 1898-1977

PhD advisor at University of Virginia, "A 60 degree mass spectrometer and its application to: the measurement of a self diffusion coefficient, continuous measurement of isotopic ratios, the isotopic constitution of silicon, the measurement of isotopic mass ratios," and both employed at University of Virginia.

Freier, Phyllis S., 1921-1992

Advised by Ney at University of Minnesota.

Mann, Alfred K.

Advised by Ney at University of Virginia, "The Thermal Diffusion Coefficient of Nitrogen."

Snoddy, Leland Bradley

Advisor at University of Virginia.

Colleagues

Goldman, Allen M.

Both employed at University of Minnesota.

Hill, Edward Lee, 1904-1974

Both employed at University of Minnesota.

Moss, Joel M.

Both employed at University of Minnesota.

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

Both employed at University of Minnesota.

Tate, John T. (John Torrence), 1889-1950

Both employed at University of Minnesota.

Williams, John H. (John Harry), 1908-

Both employed at University of Minnesota.

Winckler, John R.

Both employed at University of Minnesota.

Additional

Goldberg, Leo

Naugle, John E.

Institutions

Major Positions

United States. Navy

Consultant, Naval Research Laboratory.

University of Minnesota. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained BS (1942). Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics and Astronomy; Regents Professor of Physics and Astronomy; and Chair, Department of Astronomy.

University of Virginia. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1946). Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Edward Purdy Ney papers, 1941-1996.

University Archives

University of Minnesota

Andersen Library, Minneapolis, MN, USA

National Air and Space Museum space astronomy oral history project records, 1981-1986.

Archives Division

Smithsonian Institution. National Air and Space Museum

MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560, USA

Oral history interview with Edward P. Ney, 1984 February 29.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

American Astronomical Society Historical Astronomy Division addition to records: obituary files, 1995-1998.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John E. Naugle, 1980 August 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Leo Goldberg, 1978 May 16 and 17, and 1982.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

University of Minnesota Department of Physics papers, 1886-1972.

University Archives

University of Minnesota

Andersen Library, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Published Resources

Author

Electromagnetism and relativity.

Subject

"Edward Purdy Ney: 1920-1996", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Edward Purdy Ney Physics Today obituary.