Walter Massey, Brown's first African American professor of physics

Brown University ArchivesBrown University ArchivesWalter E. Massey came to Brown University as its first African American professor of physics in 1970 from the University of Illinois where he had worked on the many-body theory of liquids and solids. Before that, he earned his bachelor of science in physics and mathematics from Morehouse College, and his master’s and doctorate in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. 

(Distributed February 3, 2017)

Dr. Jami Valentine Honored by the National Society of Black Physicists

Jami Valentine was born in Philadelphia PA.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Florida A & M University and a master’s degree in physics from Brown University, working in Professor Jim Valles' lab. In 2006 Jami became the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. from the department of Physics and Astronomy at the Johns Hopkins University. Her dissertation research was on the “Spin Polarization Measurements of c-Axis Epitaxial Rare Earth Thin Films”.

(Distributed February 20, 2017)

Professor Kosterlitz gives the 2016 Nobel Lecture in Physics

This morning, Brown University Department of Physics Professor Mike Kosterlitz gave the 2016 Nobel Lecture in Physics at the Nobel Symposium in Stockholm, Sweden. He began by saying, “It feels a bit strange to be standing here addressing this audience because I never thought that I would ever end up in this position.” That may be in part because his discovery of “topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter,” along with David Thouless of the University of Washington, and Duncan Haldane of Princeton University, was over forty years ago.

(Distributed December 8, 2016)

Annual Physics Research Poster Session

The Department of Physics hosted its annual Research Poster session on the evening of Wed Nov 2nd, 2016.  The Barus & Holley lobby was bursting with graduate and undergraduate students, University administrators, and faculty - all viewing the 40 posters displayed.  All research areas for the department were represented, including condensed matter physics, high energy physics, biological physics, and cosmology/astrophysics.

(Distributed November 10, 2016)
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