Session Q5: Origins of Research and Teaching at Selected Physics Departments

1:30 PM–3:18 PM, Monday, February 15, 2010
Room: Thurgood Marshall West

Sponsoring Units: FHP FEd AAPT
Chair: James Stith, American Institute of Physics

Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.APR.Q5.1

Abstract: Q5.00001 : 250 Years of Physics at the College of William and Mary: 1760-2010

1:30 PM–2:06 PM

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  Hans von Baeyer
    (College of William \& Mary)

The recorded history of physics at William and Mary begins when Thomas Jefferson, the College's most distinguished alumnus, meets his mentor, Dr. William Small of Scotland, who opens his eyes to the wonders of natural philosophy. After the vicissitudes of the Revolution and the Civil War, physics enjoys a revival in the twentieth century, culminating in the creation of a Ph.D. program in the 1960s and the building of the William Small Physical Laboratory in Williamsburg. In the 1980s the modern era is launched by the establishment of the US Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab for nuclear physics in nearby Newport News. Today both Small Hall and Jefferson Lab are in the process of renovation. The legacies of Small and Jefferson for physics at William and Mary are secure!

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