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List of Professors

Name Years at Michigansort icon Position

George Palmer Williams

1841 - 1881
Professor of Physics, Mathematics and Languages
Principal of U of M Oakland and Pontiac Branches
Chair of Mathematics and Physics

Alexander Winchell

1853 - 1891
Professor of Physics
Professor/Chair Civil Engineering 1853-1855
Professor Geology, Zoology and Botany 1855-1873

William Guy Peck

1855 - 1857
Professor/Chair Civil Engineering, Physics 1855-1857

DeVolson Wood

1857 - 1872
Professor/Chair Civil Engineering and Physics 1857-1872

John William Langley

1875 - 1889
Professor of Physics, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry and Metallurgy

Charles Kasson Wead

1877 - 1885
Acting Professor of Physics

Dewitt Bristol Brace

1886
Assistant Professor of Physics

George Washington Patterson

1889 - 1930
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Junior Professor of Physics

Henry Smith Carhart

1889 - 1912
Professor of Physics

John Oren Reed

1892 - 1916
Dean of the Literary Department
Professor of Physics

Karl Eugen Guthe

1893 - 1900
Professor of Physics
Dean of the Graduate Department

Augustus Trowbridge

1898 - 1901
Instructor in Physics

Harrison McAllister Randall

1901 - 1940
Professor of Physics
Chair Department of Physics

Lyman F. Morehouse

1902 - 1910
Instructor in Electrical Engineering
Instructor in Physics

Arthur Whitmore Smith

1903 - 1944
Professor of Physics

William D. Henderson

1903 - 1936
Professor of Physics
Director of University Extension Division

Walter Francis Colby

1906 - 1950
Professor of Physics

Neil Hooker Williams

1908 - 1941
Professor of Physics, Mathematics and Languages

Daniel L. Rich

1908 - 1949
Associate Professor of Physics

George Allan Lindsay

1913 - 1950
Professor of Physics

Felix Wladyslaw Pawlowski

1914 - 1946
Guggenheim Professor of Aeronautical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Physics
Chair Aeronautical Engineering 1922-1939

Charles Ferdinand Meyer

1915 - 1950
Associate Professor of Physics

David Locke Webster

1917 - 1919
Assistant Professor of Physics

William Warner Sleator

1918 - 1953
Associate Professor of Physics

Ralph Alanson Sawyer

1919 - 1965
Professor of Physics
Dean of the Graduate School
Director of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project

Ernest F. Barker

1922 - 1956
Professor of Physics
Chair Department of Physics

James M. Cork

1922 - 1957
Professor of Physics

Ora S. Duffendack

1922 - 1943
Professor of Physics

Oskar Klein

1923 - 1925
Instructor in Physics

Floyd Alburn Firestone

1924 - 1945
Associate Professor of Physics

David M. Dennison

1927 - 1970
Professor of Physics
Chair Department of Physics

Samuel A. Goudsmit

1927 - 1946
Professor of Physics

Otto Laporte

1927 - 1971
Professor of Physics

George E. Uhlenbeck

1927 - 1935
1939 - 1960
Professor of Physics

Ralph A. Wolfe

1930
Professor of Physics

H. Richard Crane

1934 - 1978
Professor of Phhysics
Chair of Department of Physics

Robley C. Williams

1935 - 1950
Professor of Physics and Bio Physics
Professor of Astronomy

Claud Edwin Cleeton

1936
Instructor in Physics

Arthur Adel

1942 - 1948
Assistant Professor of Physics

Theodore H. Berlin

1943 - 1946
Research Associate of Chemistry
Research Physicist Engineering Research Institute
Navy Theoretical Physicist

Robert Wallace Pidd

1944 - 1959
Professor of Physics

Marcellus L Wiedenbeck

1945 - 1986
Professor of Physics

Ernst Katz

1946 - 1979
Professor of Physics

Wayne E. Hazen

1947 - 1984
Professor of Physics

W. Wallace McCormick

1947 - 1977
Professor of Physics

William C. Parkinson

1947 - 1988
Professor of Physics

William A. Nierenberg

1948 - 1950
Assistant Professor of Physics

Sir Gordon Brims Black McIvor Sutherland

1949 - 1956
Professor of Physics

Donald Arthur Glaser

1949 - 1960
Professor of Physics

Paul Van Campen Hough

1949 - 1962
Associate Professor of Physics

Edwin S. Lennox

1949 - 1955
Assistant Professor of Physics

Cyrus Levinthal

1950 - 1957
Associate Professor of Physics

Murray Slotnick

1950 - 1951
Assistant Professor of Physics

Kenneth Myron Case

1950 - 1968
Professor of Physics

Lawrence W. Jones

1952 - 1998
Professor of Physics

Samuel Krimm

1952 - 2001
Professor of Physics

Kent M. Terwilliger

1952 - 1989
Professor of Physics

Noah Sherman

1952 - 1978
Professor of Physics

Joaquin M. Luttinger

1953 - 1958
Professor of Physics

Charles S Simons

1954 - 1970
Assistant Professor of Radiation Physics

Karl T. Hecht

1955 - 1997
Professor of Physics

Paul R Chagnon

1955 - 1961
Assistant Professor of Physics

Peter A. Franken

1956 - 1973
Professor of Physics

Martin L. Perl

1956 - 1963
Professor of Physics

George H Trilling

1956 - 1960
Associate Professor of Physics

Donald I. Meyer

1957 - 1996
Professor of Physics

Richard H. Sands

1957 - 1994
Professor of Physics

Daniel Sinclair

1957 - 1996
Professor of Physics

Donald Allen Gilbert

1957 - 1958
Assistant Professor of Physics

George W. Ford

1958 - 1997
Professor of Physics

Alfred Z. Hendel

1958 - 1987
Professor of Physics

Robert R. Lewis

1958 - 1992
Professor of Physics

John van der Velde

1958 - 1995
Professor of Physics

C. Tristram Coffin

1959 - 1997
Professor of Physics

Irwin Goldberg

1959
Assistant Professor of Physics

Byron P. Roe

1959 - 2006
Professor of Physics

Robert S. Tickle

1960 - 1999
Professor of Physics

Herbert M. S. Uberall

1960 - 1962
Assistant Professor of Physics

Gabriel Weinreich

1960 - 1995
Professor of Physics

Oliver E Overseth

1961 - 1992
Professor of Physics

Charles Roy Worthington

1961 - 1967
Associate Professor of Physics

Paul E. Phillipson

1961 - 1962
Associate Research Physicist

Peter R. Fontana

1962 - 1965
Assistant Professor of Physics

Alfred Chi-Tai Wu

1962 - 1999
Professor of Physics

Jens Zorn

1962 - 2009
Professor of Physics

Michael J. Longo

1962 - 2008
Professor of Physics

Marc Ross

1963 - 2001
Professor of Physics

T. Michael Sanders

1963 - 2000
Professor of Physics

Frank E. Rose

1963 - 1994
Associate Professor of Physics

Alan D. Krisch

1964 - 2009
Professor of Physics

C. Thornton Murphy

1964 - 1967
Assistant Professor of Physics

Walter S. Gray

1964 - 2002
Associate Professor of Physics

John Bardwick III

1965 - 1996
Associate Professor of Physics

Joachim W Janecke

1965 - 1998
Professor of Physics

James J. Reidy

1965 - 1971
Assistant Professor of Physics

William L. Williams

1965 - 1986
Professor of Physics and Bio Physics

Raulf M. Polichar

1966 - 1974
Assistant Professor of Physics

Arthur Rich

1966 - 1990
Professor of Physics

York Peng (Ed) Yao

1966 - 2008
Professor of Physics

J. Wehrley Chapman

1966 - 2008
Professor of Physics

Yukio Tomozawa

1966 - 2004
Professor of Physics

Richard T. Robiscoe

1966 - 1969
Assistant Professor of Physics

Harvey A. Gould

1967 - 1971
Assistant Professor of Physics

Brian E. Springett

1967 - 1970
Assistant Professor of Physics

John F. Ward

1967 - 2000
Professor of Physics

Bruce B. Cork

1968 - 1974
Professor of Physics

A. Lincoln Read

1968 - 1970
Associate Professor of Physics

Frank S. Henyey

1969 - 1974
Associate Professor of Physics

C. M. Venkatachalam

1970 - 1976
Assistant Professor of Physics

Lincoln Wolfestein

1970
Visiting Professor of Physics

Michael Bretz

1973 - 2008
Professor of Physics

Frederick D. Becchetti

1973 - 2013
Professor of Physics

Rudolf Paul Thun

1974 - 2012
Professor of Physics

Thomas Witten Jr

1975 - 1981
Assistant Professor of Physics

Dennis J. Hegyi

1975 - 2004
Professor of Physics

Robert N. Cahn

1976 - 1978
Assistant Professor of Physics

Martin B. Einhorn

1976 - 2004
Professor of Physics

Mark A. Skalsey

1976 - 2008
Associate Research Scientist & Lecturer in Physics

Daniel Axelrod

1977 - 2005
Professor of Physics

Lawrence R. Sulak

1979 - 1986
Professor of Physics

Carl E. Wieman

1979 - 1984
Assistant Professor of Physics

Martinus J. Veltman

1980 - 1997
Professor of Physics

David Noel Williams

1980 - 1999
Professor of Physics

George Gamota

1981 - 1986
Professor of Physics
Director, Institute of Science and Technology

Ali Maung Thet Lin

1981 - 2003
Associate Research Scientist, Physics

Richard S. Raymond

1982 - 2009
Associate Research Scientist Emeritus

Esher Ben Jacob

1984 - 1989
Assistant Professor of Physics

James W. Allen

1987 - 2010
Professor of Physics

Gregory R. Snow

1987 - 1993
Assistant Professor of Physics

Gerhard E. Wagner

1987 - 1990
Professor of Physics
Professor of Biological Chemistry

Rombout Hoogerbeets

1988 - 1993
Assistant Professor of Physics

Jawaid W. Rasul

1988 - 1995
Assistant Professor of Physics

John L. Gland

1988 - 2009
Professor of Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering

Steven B. Dierker

1989 - 2006
Professor of Physics and Applied Physics

Meigan C. Aronson

1990 - 2006
Professor of Physics

Philip H. Bucksbaum

1990 - 2006
Professor of Physics
Peter Franken Distinguished University Professor

Stephen Fahy

1990 - 1993
Assistant Professor of Physics

Yaroslav S. Derbenev

1990 - 2001
Visiting Research Scientist, Adjunct Professor of Physics

Frederick C. MacKintosh

1991 - 2002
Associate Professor of Physics

Robin G. Stuart

1992 - 1999
Assistant Professor of Physics

Valentine I. Zakharov

1993 - 1998
Professor of Physics

Richard A. Goldstein

1993 - 2003
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Associate Research Scientist, Academic Program Chair, Biophysics Research Division

Boris Y. Dubetsky

1993 - 2002
Associate Research Scientist

Alberto G. Rojo

1994 - 2003
Assistant Professor of Physics

Stuart Field

1994 - 1997
Assistant Professor of Physics

Michael J. Duff

1999 - 2005
Professor of Physics

David A. Reis

1999 - 2009
Associate Professor of Physics

Christopher R. Monroe

2000 - 2007
Associate Professor of Physics
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Alexei V. Tkachenko

2001 - 2009
Assistant Professor of Physics

Samuel M. Moukouri

2004 - 2008
Assistant Professor of Physics

Marcus Spradlin

2005 - 2006
Assistant Professor of Physics