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Biography

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Archival as SubjectPublished as AuthorPublished as Subject

Frederick A. Saunders

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Dates

August 18, 1875 – June 9, 1963

Authorized Form of Name

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

Additional Forms of Names

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

Biography

Abstract

Frederick Saunders was Emeritus Professor of Physics at Harvard University (1941-1963). Other institutional affiliations included Vassar College, Syracuse University, and Haverford College. The first part of his career was spent researching optical spectroscopy. The latter part of his career was spent studing the mechanical properties of violins and related string instruments, during which time he introduced the concept of the "loudness" curve - the curve of total intensity.

Important Dates

August 18, 1875Birth, London (Ontario).

1895Obtained BA, University of Toronto, Toronto (Ont.).

1899Obtained PhD in Physics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (Md.).

1899 – 1901Instructor in Physics, Haverford College.

1901 – 1914Associate Professor of Physics (1901-1905) and Professor of Physics (1905-1914), Syracuse University, Syracuse (N.Y.).

1914 – 1919Professor of Physics, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie (N.Y.).

1917 – 1919Researcher, National Research Council.

1919 – 1963Associate Professor of Physics (1919-1923); Professor of Physics (1923-1941); and Emeritus Professor of Physics (1941-1963), Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1925Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1937 – 1939President, Acoustical Society of America.

1942 – 1948Visiting Lecturer, Mt. Holyoke College.

June 9, 1963Death, South Hadley (Mass.).

Occupation

Acoustician.

Places

Birth

London (Ontario)

Undergraduate Education

Toronto (Ont.)

Graduate Education

Baltimore (Md.)

Employment

Syracuse (N.Y.)

Poughkeepsie (N.Y.)

Cambridge (Mass.)

Death

South Hadley (Mass.)

Subjects

Optical spectroscopy.

Sound.

Relationships

People

Family

Elder, Grace A.

First Wife. Married in 1900.

Middleton, Margery

Daughter.

Robinson, Sarah Agnes, 1836-

Mother.

Saunders, Anthony E.

Son.

Saunders, Arthur Percy

Brother.

Saunders, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1867-1937

Brother.

Saunders, Henry Scholey, 1864-1951

Brother.

Saunders, Margaret Tucker

Second Wife. Married in 1925.

Saunders, William Edwin

Brother.

Saunders, William, 1836-1914

Father.

Advisors & Collaborators

Kirkpatrick, Paul

Co-wrote book "College physics."

Rowland, Henry Augustus, 1848-1901

PhD advisor at Johns Hopkins University, "A Bolometric Study of the Spectrum of an Absolutely Black Body Between the Temperatures of 100° and 578° Centigrade."

Colleagues

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

Both employed at Harvard University.

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

Both employed at Harvard University.

Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978

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.

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.

Lyman, Theodore, 1874-1954

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.

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Both employed at Harvard University.

Pierce, George Washington, 1872-1956

Both employed at Harvard University.

Purcell, Edward M.

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.

Additional

Allen, Mildred, 1894-1990

Gerlach, Walther, 1889-1979

Miller, Harry B. (Harry Bernard), 1916-1999

Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957

Institutions

Major Positions

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Department chair; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Haverford College

Instructor in Physics.

Syracuse University. Department of Physics

Associate Professor and Professor of Physics.

Vassar College

Professor of Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Acoustical Society of America

President.

American Institute of Physics

Member, first Governing Board.

Johns Hopkins University. Department of Physics

Obtained PhD (1899).

Mount Holyoke College. Dept. of Physics.

Visiting Lecturer.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

National Research Council (U.S.)

Researcher.

University of Toronto. Department of Physics

Obtained BA (1895).

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

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

Archives. Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Henry N. Russell correspondence [microform], 1890-1950.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Mildred Allen papers, 1865-1990.

Archives and Special Collections

Mount Holyoke College

8 Dwight Hall, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075-6425, 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 Edwin C. Kemble, 1962 May 11 to 1963 October 2.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Harry Miller, 1994 June 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert S. Mulliken, 1964 February 1.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Walther Gerlach, 1963 February 18 and 23.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Selected records, including letters, reports, and notebooks by Arthur Holly Compton, Saul Dushman, Irving Langmuir, Frederic Saunders, and Willis R. Whitney

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Twenty-fifth anniversary celebration [motion picture]

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

A survey of physics for college students / by Frederick A. Saunders.

College physics / by Frederick A. Saunders and Paul Kirkpatrick.

Physical laboratory manual / by the staff of the Department of physics, Harvard university.

Subject

"Frederick Albert Saunders: 1875-1963", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Frederick Saunders Physics Today obituary.