University of Texas,
Department of Physics History
Guide to Site


Guide to the Site

Welcome: Introduction to Site.
Contact: Information for contacting site with contributions, corrections and comments.

Timelines and History
Main Building Period: Timeline of events and people from 1883-1934.
Painter Building Period: Timeline of events and people from 1935-1972.
Physics, Math and Astronomy Building Period (previously RL Moore Building Period 1972-2020): Timeline of events and people from 1972-Present.
Physics Library History: Librarians for physics are listed with pictures and information
UT Women in Physics: Timeline and stories about the careers, contributions and accomplishments of UT women students in physics.
Centers of Excellence: History of Physics Centers of Research

1983 Centennial Article: On the occasion of the 100 years anniversary of the founding of UT, “Discovery” Magazine (Discovery Magazine,
Research and Scholarship at the University of Texas at Austin, Centennial Issue
, Vol. 7, No. 3, 1983) devoted an issue to the history of the University. Professor Claude W. Horton wrote an article about UT Physics history. Several other articles in the magazine relate to physics and physics faculty.
Century of Physics in Texas: Paper Celebrating a Century of Physics in Texas by John David Gavenda presented at the meeting of the Texas Sections of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers in Austin, Texas, on October 29, 1999.
1969 Scientific Research Magazine Article: : Physics at Texas U.: A rapid and remarkable success. Article describing the major advancements that had occurred over the previous seven years under the leadership of Chair Harold P. Hanson.

Photo Albums
Department Photo Album: Photographs of Physics Faculty, 1883-Present.
Main Building Photo Album: 1932 exceptional photographs taken by Charles Raines, a student. Physics rooms and labs in the Main Building are shown.
UT Faculty 1913 Photo: Early faculty photo that includes several physics faculty.
Older UT Faculty 1915-1916 Photo: Early faculty photo that includes one member of physics faculty.
Staff Group Photos: Staff group photos from awards ceremonies.

Index of Names with links, if available, to their entry.
Faculty Memorial Resolution
Physics Faculty List
Chairs: Department Chair photographs and dates.
Physics Administrative and Clerical Staff: Staff listing, bios, and photographs.
Physics Shops: Shop staff listing, bios, stories and photographs.
PhD Students: List of all students who received a Ph. D. degree.
First and Second Japanese Student at UT: Motozo A. Akazawa, humanities, 1901–1905, and T. Shimo Kawabe, mining engineering, math, physics and chemistry student 1905-07.
Various Department Directories: Some department directories 1992–1994

Historical Documents
School of Physics Report 1890: Report submitted by Alexander MacFarlane, professor of physics.
Physics Workshop Upgrade 1898: Report by W. T. Mather on recent Physics Department workshop equipment upgrade.
Physics Grades: Grades in UT Physics during the 1910s studied and reported in 1917.
KUT Radio Founding: Professor S. Leroy Brown constructed the fiirst campus radio station.
Physics Budget 1915-16: Listing of items purchased.
Physics Lab Manuel 1917 and Reports: Manuel from 1917 with reports by several students.
Where are they Now?, 1917: Former physics students in “General Register of the Students and Former Students of the University of Texas, 1917”
Job Opportunities in Physics 1927: Article in Bryan, TX, newspaper which includes an interview with Chair S. Leroy Brown about jobs for physics students.
Air Service School 1918: Article giving history of Air Service School for Radio Operators at Penn Field, Austin. School, established 1918, was supervised by Prof. S. Leroy Brown, UT Physics professor.
Propagator Archive: Collection of department’s newsletters.
Enrollment and Teaching Report 1950:
Program from RL Moore Hall Dedication 1972 Program that includes descriptions of Astronomy, Math and Physics Departments.
Janitor's View of the Physics Building, 1946
Graduate Brochure-1985 This includes faculty photos, descriptions of research areas, facilities, admission requirements, statistics and cost.
Graduate Brochure-1991 This includes faculty photos, descriptions of research areas, facilities, admission requirements, statistics and cost.
Department Activities Report 1991–92 This includes faculty research, publications, awards, graduates, facilities, colloquia and seminars..
Origins of Applied and Defense Research Laboratories written in 1995 by Chester M. McKinney who served as director for many years.
DiscoveryJournal1997Vol4No4:Undergraduate and Research Issue dedicated to the undergraduate and their role in a research university.
Bureau of Ships 1945 Yearbook A yearbook belonging to Paul Erlandson who worked there during WWII, donated by his son, Scott.

Special Topics
UT Physics Faculty Books: A listing of books published by UT Physics faculty.
Awards and Honors: Recipients of awards and honors by UT Physics faculty.
Honor & Support: Listing of Scholarships, Fellowships, Lectureships, Professorships and Chairs created from contributions by students, faculty, alumni and friends of the University of Texas Physics Department.
Vintage Demonstration and Research Equipment: Photos and descriptions of various equipment previously used by the department.
Physics Signed Softball A softball that was presented to Tom Griffy. It was signed by a number of students, staff and faculty. ca. 1977