Physics Centennial #1: Nielsen’s students

This is the 1st post in a series celebrating the centennial of the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Jens Rud NielsenOne measure of the influence of Jens Rud Nielsen (1894-1979) is that Nielsen Hall on the University of Oklahoma campus is where you’ll find the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy. Another measure is found in the 27 doctoral students who completed their degrees under Nielsen.

The list of Nielsen’s students below is based upon a document in the unprocessed Nielsen archives in the History of Science Collections. For each student we have supplied the dissertation title, linked to its University Libraries catalog record (from the catalog record you may view a pdf of each dissertation). Finally, each student’s place of residence is given, when known, as of the early 1960s.

Please contact us if your name, or the name of a family member, is on this list, or if you spot any errors. We would like to hear if you know of anyone not on this list who studied under Nielsen or if you have information about these physicists that might be of interest for the Nielsen archive.

1934: Dr. F. W. Crawford, Ultra-violet absorption spectrum of carbon disulphide. Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.

1941: Dr. Newton E. Ward, Raman spectra of compounds in the gaseous and liquid states. China Lake, California.
1941: Dr. Gene Thomas Pelsor, Vibrational analysis of the 3200A band system of carbon disulfide. Sandia Corporation, Sandía Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1944: Dr. Donald K. Coles, Raman spectra of compounds in the gaseous and liquid states II. Fort Wayne, Indiana.
1946: Dr. Edwin Fast, Spectrographic analysis of solutions: with special reference to oil-field waters. Idaho Falls, Idaho.
1947: Dr. Warren J. McGonnagle, Raman spectra of some hydrocarbons. San Antonio, Texas.
1948: Dr. Donald Charles Smith, Analysis of nitroparaffins by infrared spectroscopy. Research and Development Department, Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
1949: Dr. Charles Marvin Richards, Raman spectra of hydrocarbons in the gaseous and liquid states. Woodlawn, Panama City, Florida.
1949: Dr. Russell Lee Hudson, Raman spectra of some fluorinated aromatics. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
1949: Dr. Howard Huebert Claassen, Raman spectra of some fluorinated hydrocarbons. Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.

1950: Dr. Langdon Hyman Berryman, Molecular potential functions for three fluorocarbons. Continental Oil Company, Ponca City, Oklahoma.
1950: Dr. Raymond M. Smith, Raman and infrared spectra of 1,1,1-trifluoro-2,2,2-trichloroethane and 1-fluoro-1,1-dichloroethane. Cincinnati, Ohio.
1952: Dr. Ching Yu Liang, Raman spectra of ethane derivatives with a symmetrical end group CXb3s. Palos Verdes Peninsula, California.
1952: Dr. Russell Winston Hall, Jr., Raman spectra of tetramethyl- and tetraethyllead and their intermediates. Houston, Texas.
1953: Dr. Russell Lewis Collins, The vibrational spectra of methyltrifluorosilane. Department of Physics, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.
1953: Dr. Eldon Earl Ferguson, Vibrational spectra of some fluorinated benzenes. National Bureau of Standards, Boulder, Colorado.
1953: Dr. Chi Yuan Pan (Mrs. C. Y. Liang), Normal coordinate analysis of 1 , 1 , 1-trifluoroethane. Palos Verdes Peninsula, California.
1955: Dr. Jasper A. Jackson, Vibrational spectra of lead alkyls. Los Alamos, New Mexico.
1956: Dr. Alva Taylor Stair, Vibrational spectra of compounds in different states of aggregation. Lexington, Massachusetts.
1956: Dr. James Curtice Albright, Vibrational spectra of hexafluorobutadiene-1, 3 and 1-fluoro-1-chloroethylene. Ponca City, Oklahoma.
1956: Dr. Charles William Gullikson, Vibrational spectra of compounds in the gaseous state. Colorado Springs, Colorado.
1956: Dr. Albert Hanes Woollett, Vibration spectra of polyethylenes and long-chain paraffins.
1959: Dr. Kappagantula Laksmi [Sanga], Vibrational spectra of CFC1: CHBr, Cb2sHb2sFBr, CFb2sBr-CHBrb2s. Seattle, Washington.

1960: Dr. Peter Klaboe, Infrared and Raman spectra of some fluorinated ethanes exhibiting rotational isomerism. Oslo, Norway.
1961: Dr. Redus Foy Holland, The infrared spectra of single crystals of compounds with long methylene chains. Los Alamos, New Mexico.
1962: Dr. Homer Park Bucker, Normal coordinate analysis of CF3-CH3, C2F6 and C2H6; Vibrational spectra of CF2Br-CH2Br and CF2Cl-CH2Cl. San Diego, California.
1965: Dr. Charles Edward Hathaway, Vibrational spectra of crystals of compounds with methylene chains.

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