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Rutgers University. Department of Physics and Astronomy

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Dates

1771 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Rutgers University. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Additional Forms of Names

Rutgers University. Department of Physics

Rutgers University. Dept. of Physics and Astronomy

Institutional History

Abstract

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University began in 1771 as part of Queen's College. With the appointment of Francis C. Van Dyck in 1880, the department grew and enrolled their first graduate students during his tenure. The department continued to grow throughout the twentieth century adding new programs in various areas of physics until today it has over sixty faculty members and is seen as one of the leading physics departments in the country with an emphasis on its programs of research and instruction.

Important Dates

1771Opened as Queen's College and natural philosophy and astronomy were taught to every student from the earliest days, New Brunswick (N.J.).

1880 – 1917Francis C. Van Dyck was appointed to the Department and was responsible for the physics program until his retirement.

1883First graduate student in physics was enrolled.

1892First graduate student in astronomy was enrolled.

1926Physics Department moved into a new building named in honor of Van Dyck.

1935First PhD in physics was awarded to Donald Hill.

1950Bernard Serin and his collaborators demonstrated the isotope effect in superconductivity.

1950sPrograms in nuclear physics and high-energy physics were initiated.

1956 – presentElihu Abrahams has been on faculty.

1970sProgram in astrophysics began.

1974 – 1977John Perdew was on faculty.

1977Departments of Physics and Astronomy combined to create a single department.

1977 – 1978David Ceperley was on faculty.

1977 – presentJoel Lebowitz has been on faculty.

1978 – 1980Thomas Spencer was on faculty.

1980sProgram in surface physics and a new string theory program were started.

1982 – 1987Michael Aizenman was on faculty.

1989 – 1997Nathan Seiberg was on faculty.

1990sAstronomy program grew by joining a consortium to build one of the largest telescopes in the world.

1990 – presentAlexander Zamolodchikov has been on faculty.

1991 – 1995Shirley Ann Jackson was on faculty.

1996 – 1997Juan Maldacena was on faculty.

1999 – 2001Andrew Millis was on faculty.

2000 – presentMorrel Cohen has been on faculty.

2002 – 2008Yves Chabal was on faculty.

2002 – presentJames Phillips has been on faculty.

Places

Headquarters

New Brunswick (N.J.)

Subjects

Astronomy -- Study and teaching.

Astronomy.

Astrophysics.

Nuclear physics.

Physics -- Study and teaching.

String theory.

Superconductivity.

Surface (Physics).

Citations

Historical information from Robbins, Allen B. A Brief History of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers, http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/dept/history/.

Relationships

People

Employees & Officers

Abrahams, Elihu

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor and Professor to Bernard Serin Professor of Physics.

Aizenman, Michael

Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; and Professor II of Physics.

Chabal, Yves Jean, 1952-

Professor of Physics.

Cohen, Morrel H.

Distinguished Scientist.

Hamann, Donald, 1939-

Visiting Scientist.

Jackson, Shirley Ann, 1946-

Professor of Physics.

Lebowitz, Joel Louis, 1930-

George William Hill Professor of Physics.

Maldacena, Juan Martin, 1968-

Research Associate.

Millis, Andrew J.

Professor of Physics and Associate Director, University of Maryland-Rutgers Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

Phillips, J. C.

Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Rohrer, Heinrich, 1933-2013

Postdoctoral Researcher.

Schwarz, John H.

Visiting Professor.

Seiberg, Nathan

Professor and Professor II.

Serin, Bernard

With his collaborators, they demonstrated the isotope effect in superconductivity.

Spencer, Thomas, 1946-

Professor.

Van Dyck, Francis C. (Francis Cuyler), 1873-1916

Professor of Physics and first Head, Department of Physics.

Zamolodchikov, A. B., 1952-

Professor of Physics and Board of Governors Professor of Physics.

Associates & Members

Atkinson, Robert d'Escourt, 1898-1982

Ceperley, David

Postdoctoral Fellow.

Davis, Bergen, 1869-1958

Obtained BS.

Fein, Jay S., 1937-

Greenslade, Thomas B., Jr.

Kreidl, N. J.

Perdew, John P.

Postdoctoral Fellow.

Shen, Zhi-Xun

Received MS (1985).

Torrey, Henry Cutler, 1911-

Winckler, John R.

Received BS (1942).

Institutions

Institutional Hierarchy

Rutgers University

Associates

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics

Participated in the study of multi-institutional collaborations.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

New Brunswick Astronomical Society (N.J.)

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Remarks given at dedication and naming of the Rutgers University Physics Laboratories for Bernard Serin, 1975.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

Henry Cutler Torrey papers, 1935-1976.

Libraries. Special Collections and Archives

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA

History of physics and astronomy at Rutgers : the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1771-2000 / by Allen B. Robbins.

Micro-Electronics Oral History Project.

Archives Center

Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of American History

MRC 601, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20560, USA

N. J. Kreidl autobiography for physics institute, 1965.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

New Brunswick Astronomical Society records, 1892-1909 (inclusive).

Libraries. Special Collections and Archives

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, NJ 08903, USA

Oral history interview with Jay S. Fein and Anjuli Bamzai, 2013 April 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert d'Escourt Atkinson, 1977 April 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interviews. High-Energy Physics. Probes: CESR-CLEO: The CLEO Experiment at CESR, 1991.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interviews. High-Energy Physics. Selected Experiments: FNAL-E-632: An Exposure of the 15-Foot Bubble Chamber with a Neon-Hydrogen Mixture To a Wideband Neutrino Beam from the Tevatron, 1990-1991.

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-SP-007B: Search for Asymmetry in E+ E- -- MU+ MU- due to a Weak Neutral Current and FNAL-E-310: Further Study of High Energy Neutrino Interactions at NAL, 1990-1991.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr. recollections of Amhert and Rutgers, 2008.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA