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Institutional History

AbstractImportant DatesPlacesSubjectsCitations

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PeopleInstitutions

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Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). Department of Physics

Photo

Dates

1853 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). Department of Physics

Additional Forms of Names

Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). Dept. of Physics

Institutional History

Abstract

The Department of Physics at Washington University was founded in 1853 and has had numerous well-known physicists on its staff, including Nobel laureate Arthur Holly Compton. Current areas of research include astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter, atomic and molecular physics, and nuclear and particle physics.

Important Dates

1853Washington University is founded, Saint Louis (Mo.).

1857Funds are obtained to build a "superior telescope".

1920 – 1923Arthur Compton was on faculty.

1928 – 1934Lee DuBridge was on faculty.

1934Construction begins on Crow Hall.

1934Department resides in Eads Hall, an original structure of the Hilltop campus next to the main quadrangle, Saint Louis (Mo.).

1942The Manhattan Project commandeers the department's cyclotron to produce the first significant samples of plutonium.

1946 – 1960Henry Primakoff was on faculty.

1946 – 1977Eugene Feenberg was on faculty.

1948 – 1956George Pake was on faculty.

1954 – 1961Arthur Compton was on faculty.

1956 – 1963Edward Condon was on faculty.

1961 – 1962Douglas Scalapino was on faculty.

1964Construction begins on Compton Laboratory.

1969 – 1970George Pake was on faculty.

1981 – presentCliffor Will has been on faculty.

Places

Headquarters

St. Louis (Mo.)

Subjects

Physics -- Study and teaching.

Citations

Historical information from the Washington University Department of Physics Historical Milestones (http://physics.wustl.edu/nd/docs/Milestones.pdf).

Relationships

People

Employees & Officers

Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962

Wayman Crow Professor Physics; Head, Physics Department; and Distinguished Service Professor of Natural Philosophy.

Condon, Edward Uhler, 1902-1974

Wayman Crow Professor of Physics.

DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901-1994

Assistant Professor of Physics and Associate Professor of Physics.

Feenberg, Eugene

Associate Professor to Professor of Physics; Wayman Crow Professor of Physics; and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Massey, Walter E.

Received PhD in Physics (1966). Member, Board of Trustees.

Pake, G. E. (George Edward)

Assistant Professor of Physics; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; and Edward Mallinckrodt Distinguished University Professor of Physics.

Primakoff, H. (Henry), 1914-1983

Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics.

Scalapino, Douglas J.

Research Associate.

Will, Clifford M., 1946-

Associate Professor of Physics, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences; Professor of Physics, McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences; Department Chair; James S. McDonnell Professor of Physics; McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences; and James S. McDonnell Professor of Space Sciences, Emeritus.

Zener, Clarence, 1905-

Professor of Physics.

Associates & Members

Bolef, Dan I., 1921-

Compton, Betty Charity McCloskey, 1916-

Fichtel, Carl E.

Hirsh, Ira J.

Hughes, Arthur Llewelyn, 1883-

Jaynes, E. T. (Edwin T.)

Kamen, Martin David, 1913-2002

Knudsen, Arthur W.

Manley, John Henry, 1907-

Nipher, Francis E. (Francis Eugene), 1847-

Phillips, Melba, 1907-2004

Roman, Irwin

Sard, R. D., 1915-

Walker, Robert M., 1929-2004

Institutions

Institutional Hierarchy

Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.)

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Banquet in honor of the retirement of Eugene Feenberg [sound recording], 1975 March 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Washington University audiotape collection [sound recordings], 1946-1991.

Libraries. Special Collections

Washington University

Box 1061, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

Washington University cyclotron records, circa 1940-1985.

Libraries. University Archives

Washington University

Campus Box 1061, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

Subject

Arthur Knudsen correspondence with Lorene Stringer, 1945-1946.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Arthur L. Hughes administrative records, 1923-1953.

Libraries. University Archives

Washington University

Campus Box 1061, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

Carl E. Fichtel autobiography, 1965.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Dan I. Bolef papers, 1946-1987.

Libraries. University Archives

Washington University

Campus Box 1061, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

Edward Condon papers, circa 1920-1974.

Library

American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Edwin T. Jaynes papers, 1950-1995.

Libraries. University Archives

University of Washington

Campus Box 1061, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

Eugene Feenberg correspondence, 1927-1958.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Francis E. Nipher collection, 1877-1882.

Libraries. University Archives

University of Washington

Campus Box 1061, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

Irwin Roman papers, 1913-1966.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Martin David Kamen papers, 1923-1992 (bulk 1945-1955).

Mandeville Special Collections Library

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA

On the occasion of the 80th birthday celebration for Clarence Melvin Zener, 1985.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Betty Compton, 1968 April 11 and 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Dan Bolef, 1997 January 21 and February 13.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edward Uhler Condon, 1967 October 17, 18, 1968 April 27, 1973 September 11 and 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Ira Hirsh, 1994 June 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with John Henry Manley, 1976 July 9 and 11.

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, 94720-6000, USA

Oral history interview with Lee A. DuBridge, 1972 June 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Lee A. DuBridge, 1987 March 6.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Martin David Kamen, 1975. Physics, politics and photosynthesis, 1975.

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, 94720-6000, USA

Oral history interview with Melba Newell Phillips, 1977 December 5.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Robert D. Sard scientific memoirs (1946-1972), 1993.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Robert M. Walker papers, undated.

Libraries. University Archives

Washington University

Campus Box 1061, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA

Published Resources

Author

Engineering physics / Department of Physics, Washington Univeristy, ... Charles Frederick Hagenow.

Proceedings of the Midwest conference on theoretical physics, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, March 14-15. 1958.