Caption: Book - Century of Physics (1973)
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Daniel William " i I
rat period in the history 01 the Physics Departm* i closed with t
He c i n to Illinois in 1892 as Assistant arHe was promoted to Professor of Physics
Che short tenure of Daniel Shea. Professor and Head of Department. in
. He was the first professor on the faculty who had been educated
to be a phvsi 1st, with AB and AM degrees from Harvard and Ph.D. degree fr Berlin (1892). For the first time the Catalog in 1894 emphasized that
one aim of the courses in physics was to prepare students to do research in physical science. But no degree program in physics as such was yet offered.
The faculty, consisting of Professor Shea and one instructor, must have been extremely busy with the general physics course and the seven or eight more specialized courses in electrical science and engineering. The latter
had quickly become the most popular curriculum in engineering with 91 out of a total of 305 engineering students enrolled in it in 1894-95. In that
ear, the department also had the task of equipping its commodious new quarters on three floors of the new Engineering Hall, and moving from niversity Hall. Early in 1896 Professor Shea resigned to become the first Professor of Physics at the Catholic University in Washington, D.C. first period in the history of the department. So ended the
It is easy to see from the early history how Physics was firmly fixed n the College of Engineering at Illinois. Robinson, the first Profess c He
of Engineering, regarded physics as the foundation of engineering.
originated, developed and taught the physics course during his eight vt . s
Regent Peabody, a 1 so a Professor of Engineering, con Then Stratton in a >;reat burst of energy i
nu 1 the >li 3a
isis on physics. ull scale program
i electrical engineering within the Physics Depart
where Lt remaim-d until 1898. Strong Links between Physi< • and other nents in « College oi Engineering have contin d to this day.