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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
Bill is survived by his wife Barbara; two sons and their wives; five
beloved granddaughters; and a passel of nieces and nephews, both real
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.
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.
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.
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
2014 E3S Summer Research Internship
Date: June 8-August 9, 2014
Locations: UC Berkeley, MIT, Stanford,
and University of Texas at El Paso
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.
Current Term Courses
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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