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Institutional History

AbstractImportant DatesPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

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Johns Hopkins University. Department of Physics

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Dates

1876 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Johns Hopkins University. Department of Physics

Additional Forms of Names

Johns Hopkins University. Department of Physics & Astronomy

Johns Hopkins University. Dept. of Physics

Institutional History

Abstract

The Department of Physics has existed since the University was founded in 1876. In 1984 its name was changed to the Department of Physics & Astronomy. The Department's areas of focus include condensed matter physics, particle physics, astronomy and astrophysics, and plasma physics.

Important Dates

1876Department of Physics founded at same time as Johns Hopkins University's founding, Baltimore (Md.).

1887 – 1888Henry Crew was on faculty.

1901 – 1955Robert Wood was on faculty.

1926 – 1936Karl Herzfeld was on faculty.

1930 – 1939Maria Goeppert Mayer was on faculty.

1933James Franck was on faculty.

1935 – 1938James Franck was on faculty.

1948 – 1951Thomas Donahue was on faculty.

1964 – 1971Herman Cummins was on faculty.

1966 – 1967Noah Hershkowitz was on faculty.

1968 – 1971Harry Swinney was on faculty.

1984Department changed name to Department of Physics & Astronomy.

1996 – 1998Andrew Millis was on faculty.

1998 – presentRiccardo Giacconi has been on faculty.

2005 – presentCharles Bennett has been on faculty.

2006 – presentAdam Riess has been on faculty.

Places

Headquarters

Baltimore (Md.)

Subjects

Astronomy.

Astrophysics.

Condensed matter.

Particles (Nuclear physics).

Physics -- Study and teaching.

Plasma physics.

Relationships

People

Employees & Officers

Bennett, Charles L. (Charles Leonard), 1956-

Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Crew, Henry, 1859-1953

Received PhD in 1887. Assistant in Physics.

Cummins, Herman Z., 1933-

Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics.

Donahue, Thomas M.

Received PhD in 1947 (Physics); Research Associate; and Assistant Professor of Physics.

Franck, James, 1882-1964

Speyer Professor and Professor.

Giacconi, Riccardo

Professor of Physics and Research Professor.

Goldhaber, Gertrude S. -1998

Adjunct Professor.

Hershkowitz, N. (Noah), 1941-

Received PhD in 1966 (Physics) and Instructor in Physics.

Herzfeld, Karl F. (Karl Ferdinand), 1892-

Speyer Visiting Professor and Professor of Physics.

Mayer, Maria Goeppert, 1906-1972

Assistant in Physics; Associate in Physics; and Research Associate.

Millis, Andrew J.

Associate Professor to Professor of Physics.

Riess, Adam, 1969-

Professor of Physics and Astronomy.

Steinhardt, Paul J.

Visiting Professor.

Swinney, H. L., 1939-

Received PhD (1968). Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor.

Wood, Robert Williams, 1868-1955

Professor of Experimental Physics; Research Professor; and Emeritus Research Professor.

PhD Students

Breit, Gregory, 1899-1981

Received AB in 1918, AM in 1920, and PhD in 1921.

Briggs, Lyman J. (Lyman James), 1874-1963

Received PhD in 1901.

Dryden, Hugh L. (Hugh Latimer), 1898-1965

Received AB, AM, and PhD in 1919 (Physics).

Friedman, Herbert, 1916-2000

Received PhD (Physics) in 1940.

Ives, Herbert Eugene, 1882-1953

Received PhD (Physics) in 1908.

Meggers, William F. (William Frederick), 1888-1966

Received PhD (1917).

Sachs, Robert Green, 1916-

Received PhD (1939).

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

Received PhD (1899).

Schubauer, Galen B. (Galen Brandt), 1904-

Received PhD (1934).

Tuve, Merle Antony, 1901-1982

Received PhD (1926).

Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008

Received PhD in 1933.

Associates & Members

Adel, Arthur, 1908-1994

Allison, Fred, 1882-1974

Anastasio, Michael R.

Received BA in 1970.

Bell, James F.

Berlin, Theodore H., 1917-1962

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Bush, Vannevar, 1890-1974

Feather, N. (Norman)

Forbush, Scott E., 1904-1984

Took graduate physics and mathematics courses.

Inglis, David Rittenhouse, 1905-1995

Klick, Clifford C., 1918-

Oppenheimer, Frank, 1912-1985

Otting, William Joseph, 1919-

Peirce, Charles S. (Charles Sanders), 1839-1914

Plass, Gilbert N.

Plyler, Earle Keith, 1897-1976

Squier, George Owen

Truesdell, C. (Clifford), 1919-2000

Vinal, George Wood, 1882-1969

Wilson, Lucy, 1888-

Witten, Louis

Institutions

Institutional Hierarchy

Johns Hopkins University

Associates

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics

Participated in the study of multi-institutional collaborations.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope Project files, circa 1980-1989.

Archives Division

Smithsonian Institution. National Air and Space Museum

MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560, USA

Johns Hopkins University Department of Physics records, 1887-1988 (bulk 1949-1969).

Special Collections. Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

Johns Hopkins University

3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218, USA

Johns Hopkins University oral history collection, 1999-[ongoing].

Special Collections. Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

Johns Hopkins University

3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218, USA

Pages from catalogs listing faculty of Johns Hopkins University Physics Department, 1930-1940.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Arthur Adel response to History of Modern Astrophysics Survey, 1980.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

C. Truesdell papers, 1939-1989.

Center for American History. University Archives

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX 78713, USA

Charles S. Peirce notebook, 1880.

Special Collections. Milton S. Eisenhower Library.

Johns Hopkins University

3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218, USA

Conversations with David Inglis [videorecording], Feb.-May 1989.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Fred Allison autobiographical sketches, 1965.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

George Owen Squier papers, 1883-1934.

Bentley Historical Library

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113, USA

Henry Crew at Northwestern University: A memoir, 1975.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

James F. Bell papers, circa 1937-1995.

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, 94720-6000, USA

Oral history interview with Arthur Adel, 1987 August 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Clifford C. Klick, 1982 April 2.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Rittenhouse Inglis, 1977 May 9 and 10.

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 Frank Oppenheimer, 1973 February 9 and May 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with George Wood Vinal, 1964 March 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Gilbert Plass, 1996 March 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John Archibald Wheeler, 1967 April 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Karl F. Herzfeld, 1978 May 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Louis Witten, 2011 March 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Lucy Wilson, 1978 October 4 and December 6.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Merle Antony Tuve, 1967 March 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Merle Antony Tuve, 1982 January 13 and February 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Norman Feather, 1971 February 25 and 5 November.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interviews. Ground-based astronomy: Astrophysical Research Consortium, 1996-1997.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interviews. High-Energy Physics. Selected Experiments: BNL-E-776: Neutrino Oscillation Experiment, 1989.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interviews. High-Energy Physics. Selected Experiments: SLAC-PEP-004-009: The Time Projection Chamber and 2-Gamma Detector at PEP, 1990-1991.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interviews. Materials science: Smart Materials Consortium (SMC), 1996-1997.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interviews. Space Science: International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE), 1992-1994.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interviews. Space Science: Voyager, 1992-1994.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Riccardo Giacconi videohistory interviews, 2004.

Smithsonian Institution. Archives.

Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024-2520, USA

Robert G. Sachs letters concerning Merle Tuve's and Raymond Herb's physics research at Johns Hopkins University and the Univerity of Wisconsin, 1983-1984.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Theodore Berlin papers, 1944-1962.

Rockefeller Archive Center

15 Dayton Ave., Pocantico Hills, North Tarrytown, NY 10591-1598, USA

Thomas M. Donahue papers, 1939-2002 (bulk 1980-1998).

Bentley Historical Library

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113, USA

Vannevar Bush papers, 1901-1974.

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

William Joseph Otting response to Laser History Project Survey, 1983.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Bayesian inference and maximum entropy methods in science and engineering : 21st International Workshop on Bayesian Inference and Maximum Entropy Methods in Science and Engineering, Baltimore, Maryland, 4-9 August 2001 / editor, Robert L. Fry ; sponsoring organizations, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Univesity, Jaynes' Foundation.

Subject

An American saga : the story of Helen Thomas and Simon Flexner / by James Thomas Flexner.