MTU Physics Department History | A. Barry Kunz

A. Barry Kunz

b. 2 Oct 1940, Philadelphia, PA
d. 29 Jan 2001, Marquette, MI

B.S. Physics, Muhlenberg College, 1962.
M.S. Physics, Lehigh University, 1964.
Ph.D. Physics, Lehigh University, 1966.

Instructor and Research Assoc., Lehigh U., 1966-1969
Research Asst. Prof, U of Illinois, 1969-1971
Research Analyst, USAF Aerospace Res. Lab, 1971-1974
Assistant Prof., U of Illinois, 1971-1973
Consultant, Photo Products, E.J. Dupont, 1974-1979
Assoc. Prof., U of Illinois, 1973-1976
Professor, U of Illinois, 1976-1984
Adj. Prof., Michigan Tech Univ., 1982-1984
Presidential Prof., Physics, MTU, 1984-1990
Presidential Prof., Elec. Eng., MTU, 1990-2001
Dean of Engineering, MTU, 1990-1991

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MTU Physics Department History | James Fisher Jr.

James Fisher Jr.

b. 29 March 1873, Hancock, MI
d. 16 July 1962, Houghton, MI

E.M., Mich Mining School, 1893
Hon. D.E., Mich College Mines & Tech., 1934

Draftsman, Mich Mining School, 1893-1894
Hodge Iron Works, 1894-1895
Instr. Math and Physics, Mich. College Mines, 1895-1899
Asst. Prof. Math and Physics, MCM, 1900-1902
Prof. & Dept Head, Math and Physics, MCM/MCMT, 1903-1944
Director of Adult Education, MCMT, 1945
Dean of Faculty, MCMT, 1936-1946

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MTU Physics Department History | Rolland Otis Keeling, Jr.

Rolland Otis Keeling, Jr.

b. 13 August 1925, Hillsboro, IN
d. 13 October 2000, Houghton, MI

A.B. Wabash College, 1950
M.S. Penn State, 1952
Ph.D. Penn State, 1954

Research Physicist, Gulf Research and Development, Pittsburgh 1954-1960
Assoc. Prof. Physics, MCMT 1961-1963
Prof. Physics, MCMT/MTU, 1963-1985

Physics Department Head 1978-1985
Member Grace United Church, American Legion
Sigma Pi Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa
Served in Army 1943-1946
Bowled, with wife Esther, in MTU Faculty/Staff Bowling League
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MTU Physics Department History | Elmer Daniel Grant

Elmer Daniel Grant

b. 25 Feb 1873, Delhi, NY
d. 5 Sept 1935, Richmond, IN

AB, Colgate University, 1895
AM, U of Chicago, 1897
(Thesis Title: Determination of the apparent size of a given ellipsoid as seen from a given exterior point, advisor: Bolza)
PhD, U of Chicago, 1916
(Thesis Title: The Motion of a Flexible Cable in a Vertical Plane, advisor: Moulton)

Inst. Mathematics, Lewis Institute (now part of IIT), 1896-1899
Inst. Math and Physics, Mich. College of Mines, 1900-1904
Asst. Prof. Math and Physics, Mich. College of Mines, 1904-1915
Assoc. Prof. Math and Physics, Mich. College of Mines, 1915-1920
Prof. and Dept. Head Math, Earlham College, 1920-1935
Registrar 1925-1930, Acting Dean 1933-1935, Earlham College

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MTU Physics Department History | Fay Lilford Partlo

Fay Lilford Partlo

b. 23 Mar 1901, Fairgrove, MI
d. 7 Aug 1996

EM, Mich College Mines, 1923
BS, Mich College Mines, 1926
Ph.M., U of Wisconsin, 1930

Asst. In Mathematics, MCM, 1922
Instr. Math and Physics, MCM 1923-1925
Asst. Prof. Math and Physics, MCMT, 1926-1935
Assoc. Prof. Math and Physics, MCMT, 1936-1943
Prof. Physics, MCMT, 1944-1953.
Physics Department Head, MCMT, 1944-1947.
Dean of College, MCMT, 1947-1953.
President, S. Dakota School of Mines, 1954-1966.
Prof. Physics, S. Dakota School of Mines, 1966-1971.

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MTU Physics Department History | Nathan Sanford Osborne

Nathan Sanford Osborne

b. 10 Feb 1875, Southampton, N.Y.
d. 1943

EM Michigan College of Mines 1899
Hon. Sc. D. Stevens Inst. of Technology 1930
Hon. Doctor of Engineering MCMT 1936

Asst. in Physics, Mich School Mines, 1896
Instr. Math and Physics, Mich College of Mines, 1897-1899
Mining Engineer, Champion Copper Co. & E J Longyear Co., 1899-1900
Inst. Math and Physics, Michigan College of Mines, 1901-1903
Lab Assistant, US Bureau of Standards, 1903-1906
Asst. Physicist, US Bureau of Standards, 1906-1910
Inst. Math and Physics, Michigan College of Mines, 1910-1912
Assoc. Physicist, US Bureau of Standards, 1912-1919
Physicist, US Bureau of Standards, 1919-1928
Principal Physicist, US Bureau of Standards, 1928-1939

Most noted for calorimetric measurements at the Bureau of Standards which were essential to make accurate steam tables. Author of many Bureau of Standards (NBS) publications.

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MTU Physics Department History | Thomas Croxford Sermon

Thomas Croxford Sermon

b. 25 July 1903, Superior, WI
d. 1 Feb 1983, Houghton, MI

A.B. Central State Teacher’s College, MI, 1929
B.S. Mining Eng, MCMT, 1936
M.S. Geophysics, MCMT, 1940
(Thesis Title: A null current indicator)

Instr. Math and Physics, MCMT, 1926-1938
Asst. Prof Math and Physics, MCMT, 1939-1943
Assoc. Prof. Physics, MCMT, 1944-1947
Prof. Physics, MCMT/MTU, 1948-1970
Physics Department Head 1948-1954
Registrar, MCMT/MTU, 1954-1970
Director of Student Services, MTU, 1964-1970

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MTU Physics Department History | Fisher Hall

Construction began on a new Physics and Mathematics Building in 1962. Shortly before the groundbreaking, James Fisher, Jr., passed away. Fisher had been Professor and Department head of Mathematics and Physics for over 40 years, on the faculty for 50 years, and after his mandatory retirement in 1944, he remained active, especially with the alumni association. He was a Michigan Mining School graduate (1893) and Hancock native and he was much respected in the community. In recognition of his contributions to Michigan Tech and the community, the new building was named for him and was dedicated to him when it opened in 1964.

Fisher Hall Photo
Fisher Hall in 1981, from the US-41 Side (the back)

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