Magie, William Francis, 1858-1943

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William Francis Magie graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1879. He was a founder of the American Physical Society, and its president from 1910 to 1912. He taught physics at Princeton University for almost half a century, and was one of the group of alumni who nurtured Princeton's development from a college to a university. At the end of his senior year, on Commencement Day, one of his professors, Cyrus Fog Brackett, offered him the job to become his assistant. In 1884 Magie took a leave of absence and went to Germany where he studied at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität in Berlin under Hermann von Helmholtz and subsequently earned his Ph.D. A decade later he collaborated with two physicians in publishing the first paper in the USA on the possible use of X-rays in surgery. He was also the author of a highly regarded account of the rise and content of physical theories, PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS. His greatest work, however, was in teaching and administration. After Brackett retired in 1908 Magie succeeded him as chairman of the physics department, and later as Joseph Henry Professor of Physics. In 1912 he served as dean of the faculty until 1925. He continued to serve as chairman of the physics department until his retirement in 1929, when at Commencement Day he was awarded an honorary Sc.D.

From the description of William Francis Magie papers, 1875-1945 (bulk 1875-1920) (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 84676137

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referencedIn John Jay Chapman additional papers, 1841-1940. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Lecture Notes Collection, 1772-1990 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Princeton University Archives.
creatorOf Kirchhoff, G. (Gustav), 1824-1887. Lectures on electricity and magnetism : manuscript, 1881. Princeton University Library
creatorOf König, Hermann. Vorlesungen über die mathematische Physik : manuscript, 1884-1885 / von Herm. Dr. König ; mit Benützung der Vorlesungen von Prof. v. Helmholtz. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Webster, Arthur Gordon, 1863-1923. Incoming letters, 1893-1913. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIi, 1897 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Princeton University. Office of the Dean of the Faculty. Office of Dean of the Faculty Records, 1781-2005. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Lecture Notes Collection, 1792-1976. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary. Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary records, 1902-2001. Princeton University Library
referencedIn Ladies Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary. Ladies Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary records, 1902-2001. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Magie, William Francis, 1858-1943. Vorlesungen über die mathematische Physik : manuscript, 1884-1885. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Barbee, David Rankin, 1874-1958. Papers of the Kean family [manuscript], 1859-1951. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Magie, William Francis, 1858-1943. William Francis Magie papers, 1875-1945 (bulk 1875-1920) Princeton University Library
referencedIn Office of Dean of the Faculty Records, 1781-2012 Princeton University. Library. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections.Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Princeton University Archives.
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associatedWith American Philosophical Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary. corporateBody
associatedWith Chapman, John Jay, 1862-1933 person
associatedWith College of New Jersey (Princeton, NJ). Class of 1879. corporateBody
associatedWith Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Berlin corporateBody
associatedWith Helmholtz, Hermann von, 1821-1894. person
associatedWith Kirchhoff, G. (Gustav), 1824-1887. person
associatedWith König, Hermann. person
associatedWith Ladies Auxiliary to the Isabella McCosh Infirmary. corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Dept. of Physics. corporateBody
associatedWith Princeton University. Office of the Dean of the Faculty. corporateBody
associatedWith Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Webster, Arthur Gordon, 1863-1923. person
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Germany--Berlin
United States
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Mathematics--Study and teaching--19th century
Lectures and lecturing--19th century
Graduate students--19th century--Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
Physicists--20th century
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Birth 1858

Death 1943

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