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Institutional History

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University of Wisconsin--Madison. Department of Physics

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Dates

1868 – present

Authorized Form of Name

University of Wisconsin--Madison. Department of Physics

Additional Forms of Names

University of Wisconsin--Madison. Dept. of Physics

Institutional History

Abstract

The University of Wisconsin's Department of Physics began in 1868 and now has research groups in areas such as astrophysics; atomic, molecular & optical physics; biophysics; condensed matter physics; cosmology; high energy physics; nuclear physics; and plasma physics.

Department chairs

1868-93, John E. Davies.

1893-1925, Benjamin Snow.

1925-35, Charles Mendenhall.

1936-37, John Ransom Roebuck.

1938-47, Leonard R. Ingersoll.

1947-51, Ragnar Oswald Rollefson.

1951-52, Heinz H. Barschall.

1952-56, Ragnar Oswald Rollefson.

1956-57, Heinz H. Barschall.

1957-60, Ragnar Oswald Rollefson.

1960-63, Hugh Richards.

1963-64, Heinz H. Barschall.

1964-66, William D. Walker.

1966-69, Hugh Richards.

1969-71, Loyal "Randy" Durand.

1971-73, Maurice Barney Webb.

1973-75, Marv Ebel.

1975-77, William L. Kraushaar.

1977-79, Keith Symon.

1979-81, Dave Huber.

1981-84, Don D. Reeder.

1984-85, Dave Huber.

1985-88, Hugh Richards.

1988-91, Martin Olsson.

1991-94, Ludwig Bruch.

1994-97, James Lawler.

1997-2000, Lee G. Pondrom.

2000-05, Don D. Reeder.

2005-08, Susan Coppersmith.

2008-11, Akif Baha Balentekin.

2011-14, Robert Joynt.

2014-present, Albrecht Karle.

Important Dates

1868Department of Physics was founded, Madison (Wis.).

1897 – 1901Robert Wood was on faculty.

1928 – 1934John Van Vleck was on faculty.

1930 – 1937Leland Haworth was on faculty.

1934 – 1947Gregory Breit was on faculty.

1935 – 1936Eugene Feenberg was on faculty.

1935 – 1972Raymond Herb was on faculty.

1937 – 1938Eugene Wigner was on faculty.

1941 – 1942Léon Brillouin was on faculty.

1946 – 1997Henry "Heinz" Barschall was on faculty.

1947 – 1964Robert Sachs was on faculty.

1950 – 1953Joaquin "Quin" Luttinger was on faculty.

1951 – 1953Robert Adair was on faculty.

1952 – 1954Willy Haeberli was on faculty.

1954 – 1957Kenneth Watson was on faculty.

1956 – presentWilly Haeberli has been on faculty.

1961 – presentMaurice Webb has been on faculty.

1962 – 1993Donald Kerst was on faculty.

1965 – 2008William Kraushaar was on faculty.

1970 – presentMax Lagally has been on faculty.

1972 – 1978Samuel Aronson was on faculty.

1981 – presentNoah Hershkowitz has been on faculty.

1995 – presentFranz Himpsel has been on faculty.

2001 – presentSusan Coppersmith has been on faculty.

Places

Headquarters

Madison (Wis.)

Subjects

Astrophysics.

Atomic and molecular physics.

Biophysics.

Condensed matter.

Cosmology.

Nuclear physics.

Physics -- Study and teaching.

Plasma physics.

Citations

Historical information from University of Wisconsin Department of Physics website (http://www.physics.wisc.edu/welcome).

Relationships

People

Employees & Officers

Adair, Robert K., 1924-

Received PhD (1951). Instructor in Physics.

Aronson, Samuel, 1942-

Assistant Professor of Physics.

Barschall, H. H. (Henry Herman), 1915-1997

Assistant Professor to Professor of Physics; Chair, Department of Physics; Bascom Professor of Physics, Medical Physics, and Nuclear Engineering; and Emeritus Professor of Physics, Medical Physics, and Nuclear Engineering.

Breit, Gregory, 1899-1981

Professor of Physics.

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Visiting Professor of Physics.

Bruch, Ludwig Hermann

Department Chair.

Coppersmith, Susan Nan

Professor of Physics and Chair, Department of Physics.

Durand, Loyal, 1931-

Department Chair.

Feenberg, Eugene

Lecturer in Physics.

Haeberli, W. (Willy)

Research Associate; Assistant Professor of Physics; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; and Professor Emeritus of Physics.

Haworth, Leland J. (Leland John), 1904-

Received PhD in Physics (1931). Instructor in Physics.

Herb, R. G. (Raymond George), 1908-1996

Received BA and PhD in Physics (1935). Research Associate in Physics; Assistant Professor of Physics; Associate Professor to Professor of Physics; and Charles Mendenhall Professor of Physics.

Hershkowitz, N. (Noah), 1941-

Professor to Irving Langmuir Professor of Engineering Physics.

Himpsel, F. J.

Professor of Physics; Scientific Director, Synchrotron Radiation Center; and Ednor M. Rowe Professor of Physics.

Ingersoll, Leonard Rose, 1880-1958

Department Chair.

Jensen, J. Hans D.

Visiting Professor.

Joynt, Robert

Department Chair.

Karle, Albrecht

Department Chair.

Kraushaar, William L.

Professor of Physics; Max Mason Professor of Physics; Chair, Department of Physics; and Professor Emeritus of Physics.

Lagally, Max G.

Received MS and PhD in Physics (1968). Instructor and Research Associate in Physics; Assistant Professor to Associate Professor; John Bascom Professor of Surface Science and Technology; and Erwin W. Mueller Professor of Physics.

Luttinger, Joaquin M.

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Physics.

Mendenhall, Charles E. (Charles Elwood), 1872-1935

Department Chair.

Olsson, Martin G., 1938-

Department Chair.

Pondrom, Lee G., 1933-

Department Chair.

Reeder, D. (Don)

Department Chair.

Richards, Hugh T. (Hugh Taylor), 1918-

Department Chair.

Roebuck, John R. (John Ransom), 1876-1965

Department Chair.

Rollefson, Ragnar

Department Chair.

Sachs, Robert Green, 1916-

Associate Professor to Professor of Physics.

Snow, Benjamin Warner, 1860-

Department Chair.

Symon, Keith R.

Department Chair.

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

Received AB (1920). Professor of Physics.

Walker, W. D. (William Delany), 1923-

Department Chair.

Watson, Kenneth M.

Associate Professor of Physics.

Webb, M. B. (Maurice Barnett), 1926-

Received BS (1950), MS (1952), and PhD (1956). Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; Department Chair; and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Wentzel, Gregor, 1898-1978

Visiting Professor.

Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995

Professor of Physics.

Wood, Robert Williams, 1868-1955

Instructor in Physics and Assistant Professor of Physics.

Zweig, George

Visiting Professor of Physics.

PhD Students

Birge, Raymond T. (Raymond Thayer), 1887-

Received AB (1909), AM, and PhD in Physics (1914).

Creutz, E.

Received BS (1936) and PhD (1939).

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

Received AM and PhD in Physics (1926).

Freedman, Daniel Z.

Received MS and PhD in Physics (1964).

Goldhaber, Gerson

Received PhD in Physics (1950).

Kerst, Donald William, 1911-1993

Received BA and PhD in Physics (1937). E. M. Terry Professor of Physics and Emeritus Professor of Physics.

Kittel, Charles

Received PhD (1941).

Piore, Emanuel Ruben, 1908-2000

Received BA (1930) and PhD (1935).

Serber, R. (Robert)

Received PhD in Physics (1934).

Slichter, Louis B. (Louis Byrne), 1896-1978

Received BA (1917), AM (1920), and PhD (1922).

Witherell, Michael S., 1949-

Received MA (1969) and PhD (1973).

Associates & Members

Brown, G. E. (Gerald Edward), 1926-

Received BA (1946).

Cashdollar, Kenneth L.

Enoch, Jacob

Gemant, Andrew, 1895-

Hanson, Alfred Olaf, 1914-

Holbrow, Charles H.

Katcher, David Abraham, 1915-2002

Kruger, P. Gerald (Peter Gerald), 1902-

Lauritsen, Thomas, 1915-1973

Lewis, H. W. (Harold Warren)

Lin, Chun C.

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

Received MA (1916).

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Sproull, Wayne T. (Wayne Treber), 1906-1992

Suits, C. Guy (Chauncey Guy), 1905-1991

Received AB (1927).

Vacquier, Victor

Wahlin, H. B. (Hugo Bernard)

Whitford, Albert E. (Albert Edward), 1905-2002

Winch, Ralph P.

Wolcott, Edson Ray, 1877-1966

Zilsel, Paul Rudolph, 1923-

Institutions

Institutional Hierarchy

University of Wisconsin--Madison

Associates

American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics

Participated in the study of multi-institutional collaborations.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

E632 collaboration meeting records, 1980-1997.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Pages from catalogs listing faculty of University of Wisconsin Physics Department, 1900-1940.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

University of Wisconsin--Madison Archives. Oral History Project: Selected Interviews with Physics and Astronomy Staff and Students.

University Archives

University of Wisconsin -- Madison

Steenbock Library, Madison, WI 53706, USA

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Physics records, 1885-1962.

University Archives

University of Wisconsin -- Madison

Steenbock Library, Madison, WI 53706, USA

Subject

Alfred Olaf Hanson response to 1981 History of Nuclear Physics Survey, 1981.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Andrew Gemant autobiography, circa 1963.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Andrew Gemant papers, 1845-1983.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Charles H. Holbrow lab notebooks, 1960-1962

University Archives

University of Wisconsin -- Madison

Steenbock Library, Madison, WI 53706, USA

Edson Ray Wolcott autobiography, 1951.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Edson Ray Wolcott diplomas, dates unknown.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Eugene Feenberg correspondence, 1927-1958.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Henry H. Barschall papers, 1942-1974.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Henry H. Barschall papers, 1960-1970.

University Archives

University of Wisconsin -- Madison

Steenbock Library, Madison, WI 53706, USA

Hugh T. Richards papers.

University Archives

University of Wisconsin -- Madison

Steenbock Library, Madison, WI 53706, USA

Hugo B Wahlin general files, 1932-1960.

University Archives

University of Wisconsin -- Madison

Steenbock Library, Madison, WI 53706, USA

J. H. Van Vleck: quantum theory and magnetism [sound recording], 2011 March 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Jacob Enoch papers, 1951-2009.

Libraries. Kenneth Spencer Research Library. University Archives

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS 66045, USA

Kenneth L. Cashdollar class notes, 1972-1973.

University Archives

University of Wisconsin -- Madison

Steenbock Library, Madison, WI 53706, USA

Michael Witherell papers, 1999-2005.

Milton G. White History of Accelerators Room (WH-3SE) and Archives (WH-16NE)

Fermilab

PO Box 500, Batavia, IL 90510, USA

Oral history interview with Albert Edward Whitford, 1977 July 15 and 1978 July 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Chun C. Lin, 2008 October 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Abraham Katcher, 1986 April 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edward Creutz, 2006 January 9 and 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Emanuel Ruben Piore, 1977 March 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Eugene Feenberg, 1973 April 13 and 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Eugene Paul Wigner, 1966 November 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Eugene Paul Wigner, 1984 April 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frederick Seitz, 1981 January 26, 27, March 24 and 1982 March 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Gerson Goldhaber, 2005 June 22, 23, 24, 2006 February 27, 28 and March 1.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Harold Warren Lewis, 1986 July 6.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with J. H. Van Vleck, 1963 October 2 and 4.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with J. H. Van Vleck, 1966 February 28 and 1973 January 19.

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 Paul Rudolph Zilsel, 1988 March 21 and 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Raymond George Herb, 1976 April.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Raymond George Herb, 1982 October 8.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Raymond Thayer Birge, 1960 May 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Serber, 1967 February 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Serber, 1983 December 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Thomas Lauritsen, 1967 February 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Victor Vacquier, 1988 February 17 and 1989 January 24.

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-006: The MAC Detector at PEP.Oral history interviews, 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.

P. Gerald Kruger letters to Erika Wackenroder Kruger, Germany: 1939-1940.

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA, 94720-6000, USA

Ralph P. Winch autobiographical notes and comments, 1964.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, 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

Wayne Treber Sproull response to early 1930s Ph.D.s Survey, 1980.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Low temperature detectors : Ninth International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors : Madison, Wisconsin, 22-27 July 2001 : LTD-9 / editors, F. Scott Porter ... [et al.] ; sponsoring organizations, University of Wisconsin-Madison, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.