Physics at a Research University

Case Western Reserve 1830-1990

by William Fickinger, Professor Emeritus

Copyright 2005. ISBN 0-9773386-0-6

This is a history of the physics research done by the faculty and students of CWRU and its parent institutions. Highlights of the work done by over 100 researchers are described at a level so that the general reader can understand qualitatively how and why the research was done, and the more technical reader can appreciate more quantitative details.

The book is available from the CWRU Bookstore (216-368-2650)

or at link to book at

 The following links are to PDF files of individual chapters and appendices.


Table of contents, introduction, and time-line.


Chapter 1        1          The Young Ivy Leaguers

Chapter 2        7          Edward W. Morley: Physical Chemist

Chapter 3        13        Albert A. Michelson: Light and Ether         

Chapter 4        24        Dayton C. Miller: X-rays, Flutes and More Ether 

Chapter 5        46        University Physics: the Middle Years at WRU

Chapter 6        53        Robert S. Shankland: Modern Physics Arrives

Chapter 7        68        Case Experiment Takes Off

Chapter 8        88        Neutrinos and Cosmic Rays

Chapter 9        111      Case Theory  

Chapter 10      130      WRU Experiment Takes Off

Chapter 11      137      WRU Theory 

Chapter 12      146      Case Experiment  Round 2  

Chapter 13      175      Case Nuclear and Particle Theory   

Chapter 14      194      WRU Experiment  Round 2 

Chapter 15      209      Low Temperature Experiment

Chapter 16      233      Particle Experiment  

Chapter 17      257      Materials Theory      

Chapter 18      279      New People, New Physics

            Appendix A     291      Bachelor Degrees in Physics from WRU, CSAS, CIT, CWRU

            Appendix B     302      Graduate Degrees in Physics

            Appendix C     335      Alphabetical List of Faculty Appearing in Book

            Appendix D    337      Programs and Lecture Series

            Appendix E     341      L. L. Foldy’s List of CWRU Related Papers in Physical Review

            Appendix F     345      Chairs and Endowed Chairs

            Appendix G    347      Foldy’s Essay: Origins of Foldy-Wouthuysen Transformation



             [link to html file of index; added so search engines will find entries in the book’s index, I hope]