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Brigham Young University. Department of Physics


administrative history


BYU Organizational History Project, via WWW, viewed June 12, 2013: Department of Physics (est. 1921 and placed in the College of Arts and Sciences; 1954, transferred to College of Physical and Engineering Sciences; 1972, renamed Department of Physics and Astronomy; administered by department chair, under direction of college dean; department chairs included Carl F. Eyring (1921-1928, 1930-1937, 1939-1951), Milton Marshall (1929, 1938, 1951-1954), Wayne W. Hales (1955-1958), John H. Gardner (1961-1963, 1966-1972), Dwight R. Dixon (1964-1965); responsible for teaching courses in: Elementary Physics, Household Physics, Mechanics and Sound, Electricity, Heat and Light, Molecular Physics and Heat, Electricity and Magnetism, Radio Instruments and Measurements, Optics and Astrophysics, Wave Motion, and History of Physics; by 1954 the department also taught courses in: Astronomy, Weather and Climate, Photography, Thermodynamics, Kinetic Theory, Mechanics, Physics of Air, Meteorology, Acoustics, and Nuclear Physics)

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Atomic number dependence of neutral meson yield from proton bombardment

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 393
Scope and Contents Contains outline, draft, and final form of Hales' PhD dissertation at the University of California at Berkeley. Also included are photographs, calculations, and a letter from Burton J. Moyer of the faculty at UC Berkeley.
Dates: 1952

Department of Physics and Astronomy planetarium records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5642
Scope and Contents Contains various materials concerning the Brigham Young University planetarium. Includes information about shows, programs, and various astronomy subjects. Also contains materials from other planetariums. Dates range from 1967 to 1999.
Dates: 1967-1999

Department of Physics department chair records

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: UA 570
Scope and Contents BYU Physics Department Chairman: includes twenty-five mounted, photographic Lissajous figures and a reprint of the article, "Recording the Lissajous Figures" from The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Also includes a mounted explanation of the process.
Dates: 1944-1945

Department of Physics laboratory direction sheets in electricity and magnetism

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 44
Scope and Contents Laboratory manuals for basic physics containing 20 experiments.
Dates: Date not identified

Department of Physics records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: UA 374
Scope and Contents Includes correspondence from Cecil R. Oak, who was in charge of researching and constructing a Foucault's Pendulum at BYU (folder 18). Includes department records and correspondence concerning the curricula and administration of the Physics department.
Dates: 1950-1971

E. John Eastmond papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1987
Scope and Contents Dissertations, theses, class rolls, and grade proof lists. The dissertations and theses are those directed by Eastmond. The remaining materials relate to his teaching of physics at Brigham Young University.
Dates: 1936-1980

Laboratory direction sheets in electricity and magnetism

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: UA 43
Scope and Contents Laboratory manuals for basic physics conaining 20 experiments.
Dates: Date not identified

Oral history interview with Wayne B. Hales

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 30
Scope and Contents Interview by Edwin R. Kimball with Wayne B. Hales, concerning his experiences as a Brigham Young University student, and as a member of the BYU Athletic Council, his family and his experiences with other faculty and administrators at BYU. Includes transcript and sound recording.
Dates: 1978