Accession - UAA-1975-106

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  • Textual record
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  • 1942-1975 (Creation)
    Scott, Donald Burton

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  • 0.60 m of textual records. - 2 photographs.

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([ 1913 ] - 1975)

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Physicist, Ombudsman, Administrator, [1913]-1975. Dr. Scott came to the University of Alberta in 1940, after receiving a PhD in physics from McGill. He became a full professor in 1954 and head of the Physics Department in 1959. As a member of the President's Committee on Electronic Equipment, he helped bring the first computer to the University in 1957. He was the Director of the Computing Centre from 1961 to 1971 and the Chair of the Computing Department from 1964 to 1971. He was a founder and first Chair of the Academic Welfare Committee and President of the Association of Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA) from 1961 to 1962. He was appointed as the first full-time Ombudsman of the University in 1971, a position he held until his death.

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Established at the same time that the University opened, the Department of Physics has conducted research in the area of astrophysics, geophysics, solid state physics, medical physics, nuclear physics and theoretical physics. It operates the Universityþs Observatory and houses two institutes, the Theoretical Physics Institute (founded 1960) and the Institute of Earth and Planetary Physics (1970). The Department is one of the contributors to the TRIUMF particle accelerator project located at the University of British Columbia. Professors: 1909-1912 [Mr.] Hargraves; 1912-1929 Robert William Boyle; 1929-1932 Stanley Smith (Acting); 1932-1942 Stanley Smith. Heads: 1942-1945 Robert James Lang; 1945-1948 George Otty Langstroth; 1948-1949 Robert James Lang; 1949-1964 Hugh Grayson-Smith. Chairs: 1964- 1967 Harry Schiff; 1967-1976 Jack T. Sample; 1973-1974 Ernest R. Kanasewich (Acting); 1976- 1980 W. John McDonald; 1980-[1985] Abdul Naim Kamal; [1985-1989] George Leslie Cumming; [1989] Abdul Naim Kamal (Acting); 1989- Henry R. Glyde.

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Accession consists of records pertaining to Dr.Donald Scott including correspondence, notes, and speeches.

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  • English

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RCRF Cold Room
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8.21.1975. No further accruals expected.

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DBRACEWELL 8.18.2009. Updated by M.Fraser on 6 April 2020.

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