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Professor Emeritus William T. Doyle Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Professor William Doyle. Bill dedicated his career to teaching and mentoring countless Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate students. Even in his retirement he could regularly be found in Wilder, talking with students and colleagues, and working on his research.

William T. Doyle of Hanover died Sunday, August 3, 2014 after an 8-month illness. Bill Doyle was born December 5, 1925 in New Britain, Conn. to Thomas W. and Kathleen McConn Doyle. Tom Doyle was a newspaperman and small businessman who invested all he had in the stock market just prior to the 1929 crash.

Bill spent much of his youth tinkering with radios; picking up coal by the railroad tracks; pestering his younger sister Jean; and messing around in the woods with his cousin Francis McConn ("Cousin Frannie").

Bill liked his elementary school. He often mentioned having been suddenly struck by the amazing way that light was able to pass through the solid windows of his first-grade classroom.

Bill did not like high school. At sixteen he dropped out, and worked for a time in one of the tool-making factories for which New Britain was then famous.

At seventeen Bill enlisted in the navy and entered radio school, where high marks in theory let him scrape through despite abysmal marks sending Morse code. He spent the war as a radio operator on an LST in the Mediterranean. Cousin Frannie died in the war; Bill said that a day never went by that he did not think of him.

After the war the "GI Bill" opened up the possibility for Bill to attend college. He was granted a GED on the basis of his radio school work, creatively reinterpreted as applicable to "airport management". A sympathetic dean at Colby College in Maine said he would admit Bill if Bill learned German. In the fall of 1947 Bill entered Colby, where he met his future wife Barbara Grant at a meeting of the German Club.

Barbara graduated from Colby in 1949 and went on to graduate school in biology at Brown. Bill transferred to Brown that same year, and in 1951 he got his B.S., she got her M.S., and they got married. They moved to a quonset hut at Yale, where Barbara worked in a biophysics lab while Bill worked toward his Ph.D. in physics. In 1955 Bill graduated and took a job at Dartmouth, where he spent his entire career, teaching physics and studying the amazing way light is able to pass through solids.

Bill particularly loved physics; German; poetry; the writings of Henry David Thoreau; his "camp" in the Maine woods; and his family and friends.

Bill is survived by his wife Barbara; two sons and their wives; five beloved granddaughters; and a passel of nieces and nephews, both real and nominal.

Contributions in Bill's memory may be made to The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust (rlht.org) or the National Wildlife Federation (nwf.org).

2014 Croasdale Award, Robert Holt

The Graduate Forum wishes to congratulate Robert Holt of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, this year's winner of the Hannah Croasdale Award! The Croasdale Award recipient is chosen annually by the Dean of Graduate Studies, and is awarded to the graduating PhD recipient who best exemplifies the qualities of a scholar.

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Graduate Teaching Award: Philip A. Fernandes

Graduate Studies Teaching Award is awarded annually to the graduate teaching assistants who best exemplify the qualities of college educators. One of this year's recipients is Philip A. Fernandes, a fifth-year physics graduate student whose passion for teaching began long before he joined the Dartmouth community in 2009.

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Dartmouth astrophysicist Ryan Hickox wins Sloan Research Fellowship

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation today announced the selection of Dartmouth's black hole researcher Ryan Hickox as a recipient of a 2014 Sloan Research Fellowships. He is one of 126 U.S. and Canadian researchers to receive a fellowship this year. Learn more..

Dartmouth physics alumni Dave Kaiser blogs about physics on the Huffington Post!

To read the article, click here.

The Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science (E3S) is accepting applications for summer internship positions at UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford and University of Texas at El Paso.

2014 E3S Summer Research Internship
Date: June 8-August 9, 2014
Locations: UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford,
    and University of Texas at El Paso
Application Deadline: January 31, 2014

For more information, click here.

Astronomy Foreign Study Program Approved

Starting in 2015, the Department of Physics and Astronomy will be offering a new foreign study program for astronomy majors.

For more information, click here.

To apply for the Astronomy FSP, visit the Off-Campus Programs web site.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Spring 2014 Newsletter is now available.


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September 10, 2014    Quantum Nano Seminar

Giovanni Pellegrini and Giovanni Mattei, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
Wilder 202, 4:00 pm    Abstract