Colby, Walter F. (Walter Francis), 1880-

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Professor of physics at the University of Michigan.

From the description of Walter F. Colby papers, 1924-1970. (University of Michigan). WorldCat record id: 34423440

Walter F. Colby was a professor of physics at the University of Michigan. He was born in Rockford, Michigan in 1880, and attended high school in Muskegon. He earned his bachelor of arts degree at the University of Michigan in 1901 and the doctor of philosophy degree in 1909. He has also studied abroad, at the University of Vienna, Tuebingen, Munich, and Hamburg, and at the Behr Institute, in Copenhagen.

In 1906, Colby was appointed an assistant in the department of physics of the University of Michigan. He became full professor in 1919. During World War II, Colby participated in an army intelligence mission to Paris and Germany. In 1947 he was awarded the Medal of Freedom in recognition of this service.

In 1929 Professor Colby married Martha Guernsey, associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. He died in 1980.

From the guide to the Walter F. Colby papers, 1924-1970, (Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan)

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referencedIn Klein, Oskar. Oral history interview with Oskar Benjamin Klein, 1962 September 25 to 16 July 1963. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Archive for the History of Quantum Physics, 1898-1950 (bulk), 1898-1950 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Clarence De Witt Thorpe Papers, 1921-1959 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Walter F. Colby papers, 1924-1970 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
referencedIn Randall, Harrison M. (Harrison McAllister), b. 1870. Oral history interview with Harrison M. Randall, 1964 February 19 and 1965 June 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978. Oral history interview with Samuel Abraham Goudsmit, 1963 December 5 and 7. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Crane, H. R. (Horace Richard), 1907-2007. Oral history interview with H. R. Crane, 1973 March 28 and 18 June 1974. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Inglis, David Rittenhouse, 1905-1995. Oral history interview with David Rittenhouse Inglis, 1977 May 9 and 10. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Randall, Harrison M. (Harrison McAllister), 1870-1969. Harrison M. Randall papers, 1897-1956. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Thorpe, Clarence De Witt, 1887-. Clarence D. Thorpe papers, 1921-1959. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Colby, Walter F. (Walter Francis), b. 1880. Walter F. Colby papers, 1924-1970. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978. Papers, 1921-1978. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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