AIP History Center Newsletter
Volume XXXIX , No. 1, Spring 2007


Mark N. McDermott

Mark N. McDermott (1930 - 2006), who served on the University of Washington physics faculty for more than 40 years, died on November 4, 2006 from complications related to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). An atomic physicist who contributed to the understanding of the electrical and magnetic properties of certain nuclei, Prof. McDermott was recognized for his distinguished career of service to his department, the university, and the physics community. One of his legacies is the Physics and Astronomy Building, which was planned and constructed during the ten years that he was department chair. His deep interest in the history of physics led to his membership on the Friends of the Center for History of Physics Development Committee, where he was instrumental in launching the Center’s first fund-raising campaign: History that Matters. Please visit our tribute to Mark, who was a member of our Legacy Circle, at

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