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Starts with a brief overview of early schooling and physics studies at Università di Pavia in the 1940s, and a two-year visit to University of Illinois to work with Frederick Seitz. Building up and organizing solid state physics studies at Gruppo nazionale di struttura dela Materia; collaboration with Italian industry (Olivetti, Segesto); research funding difficulties. Comments on involvement with the Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste (J. Ziman and N. Marsh); comments on solid state physics in other European countries.
Personal background; Iowa State University, 1887-1914; state of American physics prior to 1930; Paul Klopsteg; teaching versus research; Arthur G. Webster; first American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) success, 1931; Karl Compton and Floyd K. Richtmyer support; formation of the American Institute of Physics and AAPT as a founder society. Interview conducted by the Columbia University Oral History Research Office as part of a series of interviews conducted with founding members of the American Association of Physics Teachers.
Early life and family background in Pittsburgh; elementary and secondary education in Germantown Friends School. Decision to attend Wellesley as physics major. Discussion of college (1931-1935), subsequent marriage. Return to Wellesley as instructor (1942-1945). After WWII stayed on at Wellesley while attending graduate program at Harvard (1945-1948). Work toward PhD at MIT (1948-1955). Role of home life, husband, her five children. Evaluation of Wellesley, personal research. History of AAPT, role as officer and president (1973-1977).
Childhood in Cleveland, 1902-1919; interest in mechanical things and in physics, Joseph Valasek's influence. At Case Western Reserve University (Dayton Miller), 1919-1923; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1923-1924; University of Minnesota, 1924-1926; work with Paul Heymans on photoelasticity; John Van Vleck's student. Marriage to Joseph Valasek's sister, 1925. About Anthony Zeleny, J. Valasek. University of Pittsburgh, 1926-1941; with Erwin Schrödinger in Berlin, 1929; interest in pedagogy and development of teaching equipment.
Educational background, University of Minnesota electrical engineering; Ph.D.
Role in establishment of American institute of Physics (AIP) in 1931; relation between American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and American Physical Society (APS); views of Floyd Richtmyer and Karl K. Darrow. Physics in the 1930s, effects of the Depression. The Oersted Medal, 1934. Secondary school teachers and AAPT; fear within AIP of industrial domination. World’s Fair of 1933. Robert W. Wood, chairman of governing board of the AIP, 1941-1948. War work: chief of Physics Special Devices Div. of National Defense Research Council (NDRC). War’s effect on status of teachers.
Education Phillips Academy; Harvard University; Haverford College as Dean; Ph.D. from Harvard 1913; American Physical Society (APS) member from 1905; Cleveland meeting; December 1930; Homer Dodge becomes president and Palmer vice-president of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and representative on APS council; American Institute of Physics (Karl T.
Family background, childhood and education up through college, all in Indiana; her graduate study, first at Battle Creek College (M.A.), then at the University of California under J. Robert Oppenheimer, Ph.D. 1933; also attended University of Michigan Summer Symposium in Theoretical Physics, 1929. Between her Ph.D. and her first college faculty position (Connecticut College for Women, 1937-1938) she held postdoctoral fellowships at University of California, Bryn Mawr College and the Institute for Advanced Study.
World War I developments in electronics in relation to French and British Armies; post-war revitalization of Physics Department at Columbia Univ.: Pupin Laboratory; effect of quantum mechanics; growth of nuclear physics; graduate physics during the 1920’s and Depression years; Pegram’s relation to APS; personal satisfactions in professional career.
Early history of formation of American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT); formation of the education committee of the American Physical Society (APS) by George B. Wendell in 1919; the APS “exclusion principle” for teaching papers. Dayton C. Miller on the Council of APS led objections to report of the education committee, Webster's counter-arguments. Experiences and interests in teaching of physics; instructor at Harvard University, 1913-1917.