Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976.

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Webster was professor of physics at Stanford University, 1920-1954, and emeritus professor, 1954-1976.

From the description of David Locke Webster correspondence concerning Dr. William Duane, 1954-1970. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 703840593

David Locke Webster, professor of physics (1920-1954; emeritus, 1954-1977) and chairman of the Physics Department at Stanford (1920-1942), was born in Boston, November 6, 1888. He received his B.A. (1910) and Ph.D (1913) from Harvard University.

From the description of David Locke Webster papers, 1914-1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 703381588

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From the description of Reminiscences of David Locke Webster : oral history, 1963. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122343078

David Locke Webster, professor of physics (1920-1954; emeritus, 1954-1977) and chairman of the Physics Department at Stanford (1920-1942), was born in Boston November 6, 1888. He recieved his B.A. (1910) and Ph.D. (1913) from Harvard University.

From the description of David Locke Webster papers, 1915-1973. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 703381822

David Locke Webster, professor of physics (1920-1954; emeritus, 1954-1977) and chairman of the Physics Department at Stanford (1920-1942), was born in Boston November 6, 1888. He received his B.A. (1910) and Ph.D. (1913) from Harvard University.

From the description of Reminiscences of a rolling stone, 1976. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122354396

From the guide to the David Locke Webser, "Reminiscences of a Rolling Stone", 1976, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

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David Locke Webster, professor of physics (1920-1954; emeritus, 1954-1977) and chairman of the Physics Department at Stanford (1920-1942), was born in Boston November 6, 1888. He recieved his B.A. (1910) and Ph.D. (1913) from Harvard University.

From the guide to the David Locke Webster papers, 1911-1973, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

Biographical/Historical note

Webster was professor of physics at Stanford University, 1920-1954, and emeritus professor, 1954-1976.

From the guide to the Correspondence concerning Dr. William Duane, 1954-1970, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

Biographical Note

Born in Boston, November 6, 1888, David Locke Webster attended Harvard University, receiving his bachelor's in 1910 and his doctorate three years later, both in physics. While studying at Harvard, Webster also taught as an instructor in mathematics (1909-12) and as an assistant in physics (1911-14). After receiving his advanced degree, he held an instructorship in physics until 1917.

In the autumn of that year, Webster assumed the position of Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. This appointment was short-lived, as the American entry into the First World War intervened and Webster was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Air Service of the Army. By October of 1918, he had been promoted to captain, the rank he would hold in the air reserves from Armistice until 1924. Webster returned to Michigan, but within the year accepted another offer of an assistant professorship, this one at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After a single year at M.I.T., Webster came to Stanford, where he had been offered full professorial status and the position of executive department head. He remained Professor of Physics at Stanford until 1954, when he retired. He functioned as department head until 1942, when he took an official leave of absence to serve in World War II. During the subsequent three years he held the posts of head Signal Service physicist, head physicist at large for the Ordnance Department, and chief Army physicist.

Webster married Anna Cutler Woodman in June, 1912, with whom he had two daughters (Nancy, Helen) and two sons (David Locke Jr., Cutler). In September of 1951, he married his second wife, Olive Durbin Ross. Webster's long-standing avocation was flying. He coordinated the civilian pilot training program at Stanford (1939-41) and co-authored two pilot training manuals.

Working with H.W. Farwell and E.R. Drew, Webster produced General Physics for Colleges in 1923. He was a member of the board of editors for the Review of Modern Physics from 1929 to 1948, and of the American Physics Teacher from 1933 to 1935. He also contributed to the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Webster belonged to a number of professional societies, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, American Physical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, and Phi Beta Kappa. He listed his religious preference as agnostic.

[Information obtained from Who's Who in America, Volume 32, 1962-63.]

From the guide to the David Locke Webster Papers, 1914-1970, (Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.)

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referencedIn Stanford Oral History Project interviews, 1971-1995 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976. David Locke Webster correspondence concerning Dr. William Duane, 1954-1970. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976. David Locke Webster papers, 1915-1973. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976. Reminiscences of David Locke Webster : oral history, 1963. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Archive for the History of Quantum Physics, 1898-1950 (bulk), 1898-1950 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Correspondence concerning Dr. William Duane, 1954-1970 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976. David Locke Webster papers, 1914-1966. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn States, M. N. (Marshall Ney). Oral history interview with Marshall Ney States, 1963 January 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf David Locke Webster Papers, 1914-1970 Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
creatorOf Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976. Oral history interview with David Locke Webster, 1964 May 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf David Locke Webser, "Reminiscences of a Rolling Stone", 1976 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf American Association of Physics Teachers. Records of David Locke Webster, 1930-1958. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn American Association of Physics Teachers. Records of early history, 1929-1966. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976. Oral history interview with David Locke Webster, 1963 January 26. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976. Reminiscences of a rolling stone, 1976. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf David Locke Webster papers, 1911-1973 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Bloch, Felix, 1905-1983. Papers, 1931-1987. Stanford University Libraries
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World War, 1939-1945
Solar wind
Private flying
World War, 1914-1918
Klystrons
Physics--Study and teaching
Space plasmas
Rockets (Aeronautics)--Research
Compton effect
Stability of airplanes--Research
Sailing
Physics--History
Physics--Societies, etc
Journalism, Scientific
Physics
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Death 1976

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