Skip to main content

Vanfleet, H. B.



  • Existence: 1931-

Biographical History

H. B. Vanfleet (born 1931) is a physics professor and university administrator in Utah.

Howard Bay Vanfleet was born on June 5, 1931 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married in twice, to Yvonne Dunaway and to Helen Haacke, and had seven children. Vanfleet studied at Brigham Young University, earning a bachelor's of science in 1955. He then completed a Ph.D. in physics at the University of Utah in 1961.

Vanfleet joined the faculty at Brigham Young University in 1960, and served as department chair from 1979 to 1988. His areas of research included ultra-high pressure solid state physics, high temperature superconductors, and other phenomena. In addition to his teaching, he also worked on grant projects for the United States Air Force and Army, consulted for Codevintec Pac, Inc., and was a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo. Vanfleet retired in 1998.

Physics & Astronomy Faculty & Staff Directory, website viewed Oct. 31, 2012 (retired professor)

BYU Organizational History Project, website viewed Oct. 31, 2012: Dept. of Physics and Astronomy (department chair 1980-1989)

American men & women of science, 2005: p. 300 (VANFLEET, HOWARD BAY, SOLID STATE PHYSICS; b. Salt Lake City, Utah, June 5, 1931; m. 1954, seven children; education: Brigham Young Univ, BS, 1955; Univ Utah, PhD (physics), 1961; professional experience: PROF EMER, BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIV, as of 1998; chmn, Dept Physics, 1979-1988; consult, Codevintec Pac, Inc, 1975-1976; vis prof physics, Am Univ, Cairo, 1973-1974; prof physics, Brigham Young Univ, beginning 1969; res grants, NSF, 1969-1977; phys scientist, US Army Electronics Command, 1966-1967; res grants, USAF Off Sci Res, Brigham Young Univ, 1962-1966; from asst prof to assoc prof physics, Brigham Young Univ, 1960-1969; Asst physics, Univ Utah, 1956-1960; memberships: Am Phys Soc; Am Asn Physics Teachers; Sigma Xi; research statement & publications: Ultra high pressure solid state physics; particular phenomena, such as solid state diffusion, Mossbauer effects, melting and high pressure calibration; high temperature superconductors)

Daily herald, Jan. 22, 1971 (Howard B. Van Fleet; spouse: Yvonne Dunaway Van Fleet)

Daily herald, Jan. 24, 1971 (Howard B. Vanfleet; spouses: Yvonne Dunaway Vanfleet (Yvonne Emery), Mrs. Vanfleet)

Deseret news, via WWW, Nov. 16, 1999 (Helen Vanfleet; parents, Leslie Carl Haacke and Helen Brough)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Department of Physics and Astronomy records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5325
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence and other files from the department, as well as research materials, class notes, and exams produced by Vanfleet. Materials date from between 1957 and 1995.

Dates: 1957-1995

H. B. Vanfleet research files, 1978-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5622 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains Vanfleet's research files on various topics within physics including diffusion, electricity, nuclear physics, and quantum mechanics. Files date from 1978 to 1995.

Dates: 1978-1995

H. B. Vanfleet papers

Identifier: UA 5622
Scope and Contents

Contains Vanfleet's research files in addition to various course documents and committee notes from his time under the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Materials date from 1978 to 1995.

Dates: 1978-1995

Vanfleet, Howard B., 1969-1973

 File — Carton 22: Series 2 [Barcode: 31197233630638], Folder: 43
Identifier: UA 5395 Series 2 Sub-Series 5