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Harrison M. Randall

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Dates

December 17, 1870 – November 10, 1969

Authorized Form of Name

Randall, Harrison M. (Harrison McAllister), 1870-

Additional Forms of Names

Randall, Harrison M.

Randall, Harrison McAllister, 1870-

Biography

Abstract

Harrison Randall was Emeritus Professor of Physics at University of Michigan (1940-1969). His research interests included infrared spectroscopy and bacteriology.

Important Dates

December 17, 1870Birth, Burr Oak (Mich.).

1893Obtained PhB, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

1894Obtained AM, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

1894 – 1899Public School Teacher.

1901 – 1969Instructor in Physics (1901-1905); Assistant Professor of Physics (1905-1909); Associate Professor of Physics (1909-1916); Professor of Physics (1916-1940); Director, Physics Laboratory (1918-1940); and Emeritus Professor of Physics (1940-1969), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

1902Obtained PhD in Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

1917 – 1919Researcher, National Bureau of Standards.

1937President, American Physical Society.

November 10, 1969Death, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

Occupation

Theoretical physicist.

Places

Birth

Burr Oak (Mich.)

Undergraduate Education

Ann Arbor (Mich.)

Graduate Education

Ann Arbor (Mich.)

Employment

Ann Arbor (Mich.)

Death

Ann Arbor (Mich.)

Subjects

Infrared spectroscopy.

Scientific instruments.

Theoretical physics.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

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

Co-wrote "General College Physics" and "Physics: Mechanics, Sound and Heat."

Dennison, David M. (David Mathias), 1900-1976

Advised by Randall at University of Michigan on The molecular structure and infra-red spectrum of methane. Both employed at University of Michigan.

Nielsen, H. H. (Harald Herborg), 1903-

Advised by Randall at University of Michigan, "Infrared absorption bands in hydrogen-sulfide."

Paschen, Friedrich, 1865-1947.

Research advisor at University of Tübingen.

Plyler, Earle Keith, 1897-1976

Co-wrote "General College Physics" and "Physics: Mechanics, Sound and Heat."

Reed, John Oren

PhD advisor at University of Michigan, "On the coefficient of expansion of quartz."

Strong, John, 1905-

Advised by Randall at University of Michigan, "A self recording spectrometer."

Williams, Neil H. (Neil Hooker)

Co-wrote "General College Physics" and "Physics: Mechanics, Sound and Heat."

Colleagues

Bacher, Robert F. (Robert Fox), 1905-2004

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Case, Kenneth M.

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Crane, H. R. (Horace Richard), 1907-2007

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Ehrlich, Gert

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Glaser, D. A.

Both employed at University of Michigan.

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

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Laporte, Otto, 1902-1971

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Luttinger, Joaquin M.

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Nierenberg, William Aaron, 1919-2000

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Perl, Martin L., 1927-2014

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Satchler, G. R. (George Raymond)

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Trilling, George H.

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Uhlenbeck, George Eugène, 1900-1988

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Wilkinson, David T.

Both employed at University of Michigan.

Additional

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Curtiss, Ralph Hamilton

Firestone, Floyd Alburn, 1898-

Fowler, Richard Gildart

Fox, Gerald Willis, 1900-1974

Klein, Oskar

Sawyer, Ralph A. (Ralph Alanson), 1895-1978

Smith, Gail Preston, 1915-

Institutions

Major Positions

United States. National Bureau of Standards

Researcher.

University of Michigan. Department of Physics

Obtained PhB (1893), AM (1894), and PhD (1902). Instructor in Physics; Assistant Professor of Physics; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; Director, Physics Laboratory; and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

President.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Harrison M. Randall history (early and revised edition), circa 1964.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Harrison M. Randall papers, 1897-1956.

Bentley Historical Library

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113, USA

Oral history interview with Harrison M. Randall, 1964 February 19, 20 and 1965 June 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Physics: electricity, magnetism and light [lecture notes], 1926.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Ralph Hamilton Curtiss papers, 1907-1923.

Bentley Historical Library

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113, USA

Richard G. Fowler papers, 1946-1969.

Bentley Historical Library

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113, USA

Samuel A. Goudsmit correspondence [microform], 1921-1933.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Two examples of infrared absorption spectra and a letter from Horace Richard Crane describing the method used by Randall at the University of Michigan from about 1912 to the mid-1930s.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

University of Michigan Department of Physics records, 1873-2002. (bulk 1954-1991).

Bentley Historical Library

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113, USA

Subject

Eulogies for Harrison McAllister Randall, 1969.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Floyd A. Firestone papers, 1925-1956.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

From my life of physics, 1968.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Gail P. Smith autobiography, circa 1965.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Gerald Willis Fox the history of recent physics in the United States, 1965.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Informal moments, Summer Symposia at the University of Michigan [motion picture] / taken by David Dennison ; 1933-1937.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Mathias Dennison, 1964 January 27, 28 and 30.

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 George Eugene Uhlenbeck, 1962 March 30, 31, April 5, May 10 and 1963 December 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with H. R. Crane, 1973 March 28 and 1974 June 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Oskar Benjamin Klein, 1962 September 25 to 16 July 1963.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Ralph Alanson Sawyer, 1967 March 16 and 1970 September 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Samuel Abraham Goudsmit, 1963 December 5 and 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Samuel A. Goudsmit papers, 1921-1979.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

General college physics / by Harrison M. Randall ... ; Neil H. Williams ... [and] Walter F. Colby …

Physics : mechanics, sound and heat / by H.M. Randall, N.H. Williams, W.F. Colby.

Subject

Harrison Randall Physics Today obituary.