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Kenneth W. Ford

Gerald HoltonEDUCATION
1944 Diploma, Phillips Exeter Academy
1948 A. B. Harvard University, summa cum laude
1953 Ph.D. Princeton University (physics)

1950-51 Research Assistant, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory

1951-52 Research Associate, Princeton University (Project Matterhorn)

1953-58 Research Associate to Associate Professor, Indiana University

1958-64 Associate Professor to Professor, Brandeis University
Department Chair, 1963-64

1964-70 Professor, University of California, Irvine
Department Chair, 1964-68
Acting Dean of Physical Sciences, ~one year

1970-75 Professor, University of Massachusetts at Boston
Department Chair, 1972-74

1975-82 President, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

1982-83 Executive Vice President, University of Maryland system

1983-85 President, Molecular Biophysics Technology, Inc.

1986-87 Education Officer, American Physical Society

1987-93 Executive Director and CEO, American Institute of Physics

1993 - Self-employed: writer, editor

1995-98 Teacher, Germantown Academy (part time)

1998-99 Director of Science Programs, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

2000-01 Teacher, Germantown Friends School (part time)

2001-02 Consultant, John Templeton Foundation

Also occasional temporary appointments at Los Alamos,
and consulting to aerospace firms.

American Association
of Physics Teachers President, 1972
American Journal of Physics, Associate Editor, 1974-77
The Physics Teacher, Editorial Board, 2000-2006
American Physical
Society Physical Review, Board of Editors, 1960-62
Chair, Forum on Physics and Society, 1981
Chair, Education Committee, 1985-86
Council member, 1984-87
Secretary-Treasurer, Forum on History of Physics, 2001-2004
American Association
for the Advancement
of Science Council Member in the 1980s-1990s
Commission on
College Physics Member, 1968-71

HONORS (Selected)
1944 Science Talent Search (Westinghouse) winner

1944 Prize for General Excellence, Phillips Exeter Academy

1948 Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Harvard College

1955-56 Fulbright Fellow, Max Planck Institut, Göttingen, Germany

1961-62 NSF Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Imperial College, London, and M.I.T.

1976 Distinguished Service Citation, American Association of Physics Teachers

2006 Oersted Medal, American Association of Physics Teachers
Fellow, American Physical Society and AAAS

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