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Richard Tousey

Photo

Dates

May 18, 1908 – April 15, 1997

Authorized Form of Name

Tousey, Richard

Biography

Abstract

Richard Tousey was a physicist at the Naval Research Laboratory (1941-1978). Other institutional affiliations included Tufts University and Harvard University. His research interests included optical properties of the atmospheres, spectroscopy from rockets, physiological optics, photographic photometry, and vacuum ultraviolet.

Important Dates

May 18, 1908Birth, Somerville (Mass.).

1928Obtained AB in Physics and Mathematics, Tufts University, Medford (Mass.).

1929Obtained AM in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1933Obtained PhD in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1933 – 1936Instructor in Physics, Harvard University.

1936 – 1941Research Instructor, Tufts University, Medford (Mass.).

1941 – 1997Physicist (1941-1978); Head, Instruments Section (1942-1945); Head, Micron Waves Branch (1945-1948); Head, Rocket Spectroscopy Branch (1958-1978); and Consultant (1978-1997), Naval Research Laboratory, United States Navy, Washington (D.C.).

1960Member, National Academy of Sciences.

April 15, 1997Death, Cheverly (Md.).

Occupation

Astronomer.

Places

Birth

Somerville (Mass.)

Undergraduate Education

Medford (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Medford (Mass.)

Washington (D.C.)

Death

Cheverly (Md.)

Subjects

Astronomy.

Photometry

Physiological optics

Rockets (Aeronautics).

Vacuum ultraviolet spectroscopy

Relationships

People

Family

Tousey, Adella Hill

Mother.

Tousey, Coleman

Father.

Tousey, Joanna, 1939-

Daughter.

Tousey, Ruth Lowe

Wife. Married in 1932.

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.

Feenberg, Eugene

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.

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

Both employed at Harvard University.

Lyman, Theodore, 1874-1954

Both employed at Harvard University.

Pierce, George Washington, 1872-1956

Both employed at Harvard University.

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

Both employed at Harvard University.

Starr, Chauncey

Both employed at Harvard University.

Street, Jabez Curry, 1906-

Both employed at Harvard University.

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

Both employed at Harvard University.

Additional

Baum, William A.

Byram, Edward Taylor (E. T.)

Chubb, Talbot A. (Talbot Albert)

Dupree, Andrea K.

Friedman, Herbert, 1916-2000

Goldberg, Leo

Newell, Homer E. (Homer Edward), 1915-1983

Newkirk, Gordon Allen, 1928-

Institutions

Major Positions

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Obtained AM (1929) and PhD (1933). Instructor in Physics.

Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)

Physicist; Head, Instruments Section; Head, Micron Waves Branch; Head, Rocket Spectroscopy Branch; and Consultant.

Tufts University. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained AB (1928). Research Instructor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Tufts University. Department of Mathematics

Obtained AB (1928).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

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 Richard Tousey, 1981 November 17, 1982 January 8 and June 4.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Richard Tousey, 1981 November 17-1982 June 4.

Archives Division.

Smithsonian Institution. National Air and Space Museum

MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560, USA

Richard Tousey papers, circa 1940-1980 (bulk dates 1960s).

Archives Division.

Smithsonian Institution. National Air and Space Museum

MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Andrea Dupree, 2007 October 29.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with E. T. Byram and T. A. Chubb, 1976 July 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral History interview with Gordon Allen Newkirk, 1983 June 1.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Herbert Friedman, 1980 August 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Homer Edward Newell, 1980 July 17 and October 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Leo Goldberg, 1983 February 22.

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

Published Resources

Subject

"Richard Tousey: 1908-1997", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences.

Richard Tousey Physics Today obituary.

Science With a Vengeance: How the Military Created the US Space Sciences after World War II (New York: Springer, 1992).