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Stith, James H.
Oral history interview with James Stith, 2009 August 14.
This interview with James Stith was conducted following his retirement as Vice President of the American Institute of Physics' (AIP) Physics Resource Center. It covers his childhood in rural Virginia, and how he became interested in science, attendance at segregated schools, and at Virginia State University, where he received a BS degree in physics (1963) and an MS in physics (1964). It discusses his work in physics under John Hunter, the third African-American to receive a PhD in the subject. The interview then covers his drafting into the Army during the Vietnam War, and his work in air defense in Korea, as well as his brief and successful career as an associate engineer at Radio Corporation of America (RCA) under Bob Pontz. His graduate education and obtaining a D.Ed. degree in Physics in 1972 at Pennsylvania State University is discussed. The interview then focuses on his lengthy career as an instructor of physics at the United State Military Academy at West Point (1972-1993), his experiences as an African-American physicist, and his work in the field of physics education. The remainder of the interview concentrates on his move to teach and research physics education at The Ohio State University, his involvement with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), and his work at AIP.
D.Ed. in physics, Pennsylvania State University; professor of physics at the Ohio State University; faculty of the United States Military Academy at West Point; president of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT); president of the National Society of Black Physicists; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society, and a Chartered Fellow of the National Society of Black Physicists; vice president of the Physics Resources Center for the American Institute of Physics (1998-2008).
Hunter, John McNeile, 1901-
Stith, James H.
American Association of Physics Teachers.
American Institute of Physics. Physics Resources Center.
Ohio State University.
Pennsylvania State University.
RCA Corporation
United States. Army.
United States Military Academy.
Virginia State University
African American physicists
Air defenses.
Physics -- Education.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Minorities in science.
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Thomas, G. William (Gerald William)
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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