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Williams College Class of 1953 Bulletin Board

Williams College Class of 1953 Bulletin Board, August 31, 2010

    At the Williams College Convocation September 25th, a member of the Class of 1953 will be honored for his distinguished contributions in education.  Daniel Kleppner, professor of physics at MIT, has authored books on the teaching of calculus.  Herewith are a couple of photos and some of the accomplishments through the years of Dr. Daniel Kleppner, found with a more than a little help from Google.

Daniel Kleppner received the PhD degree in experimental atomic physics form Harvard University in 1960. He joined the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966, where he now holds the Lester Wolfe endowed chair in physics and is Director of the MIT Harvard Center for Ultracold Atoms.  

Dr. Kleppner’s research is in experimental atomic physics, including high precision measurements, quantum optics, and the Bose-Einstein condensation of atoms. He is the co-inventor of the hydrogen maser atomic clock. He has served as chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society, and on numerous committees of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, the American PhysicalSociety and the American Institute of Physics. He chaired the Physics Policy Committee of the American Physical Society from 1992-1996.

Dr. Kleppner is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Foreign Associate of the Academy of Science, Paris. Dr. Kleppner’s awards include the Davisson-Germer Prize and the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society, the William F. Meggers Award of the Optical Society of America, the Oersted Medal of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the James Rhyn Killian Faculty Achievement Award of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the co-author of two textbooks.

Congratulations, Dan!  Just in case you were wondering, I also found your Email address with Google's help. Maybe you're the reason our grandson Robert, who matriculates at Williams tomorrow (9/1), scored a five on the AP Calculus test this past spring. 


Just days ago you received an Email from me clarifying an important detail about the upcoming mini-reunion the first weekend in October.  In that Email I incorrectly identified Tiger McGill's bride as Phoebe.  Right, it should be Daphne, s three of you quickly corrected me.  Tiger forgave me; and, I assume, he was also speaking for Daphne.  In response to my Email I have heard from the following classmates, some of them with news interesting and one worrying.

Beginning with the worrying, the news that Bob Ouchterloney has been hospitalized for two weeks with a staph infection.  Liz insists he is doing his best to make it to the mini-reunion.  Liz also provides the "interesting," with the report that Tim Beard
has been honored in his corner of Connecticut (think Roxbury) for his genealogical research, a local newspaper touting him as an expert.  You may read that article by following this hyperlink to another corner of this website:Tim Beard.

Bob Sillcox regrets that he will be unable to be with us in Williamstown.  Bob and Bobbye Tucker also send their regrets: a family event has priority. 

Those who have indicated they will be there are: John and Sandy Beard, Gordon and Inge Canning, Peter and Susan Connolly, John and Joan Dighton, Lucy and Peter Fetterolf, Walter and Joy Flaherty, Don and Connie Goldstein, Bob and Barbara Howard, Todd and Happy Mauck, Tim and Maren Robinson, Jim and Sharon Tompkins, and Barbara Weedon.  If you haven't sent in your postcard indicating your attendance, please do so today. If the postcard has been misplaced, then phone Peter and Susan directly at: 508-548-8754.

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