Carl F. Eyring

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Carl Ferdinand Eyring (August 30, 1889–January 3, 1951) was an acoustic physicist. He served for nearly 30 years as dean of Brigham Young University's College of Arts and Sciences.

Eyring was born in Colonia Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico to Henry Eyring and Deseret Fawcett.

Eyring was also a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as the first president of the New England Mission from 1937–1939.[1] While president of the New England mission Eyring exerted efforts to keep Latter-day Saint students at Harvard University, MIT and other Boston area institutions of higher learning active in the church.[2]

Eyring was the uncle of the noted chemist Henry Eyring, who was father of President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency of the LDS Church. Carl Eyring was married to Fern Chipman, a daughter of Stephen L. Chipman. She was the sister of Lorena Chipman, who was the wife of Harvey Fletcher.[3]

From 1924 until 1951, except for his time as mission president, Eyring served as the dean of the college of Arts and Sciences at Brigham Young University.

Eyring was a popular professor; in the words of a BYU student of the time, Spencer W. Kimball, he was "The swellest professor on the whole faculty".[4] However since this is a quote from a letter Spencer wrote to Eyring's niece Camilla (who Kimball would soon marry) it may not represent the views of a large portion of the students.

Eyring personally supervised the building of a new science building on BYU campus in the late 1940s. When the cement was laid for the Eyring Science Center, Eyring sprayed it with a special hose[clarification needed] to help it cure better. It is said that this cement never cracked. Shortly after the building was dedicated, Eyring died from cancer which had afflicted him for many years. In 1954 it was renamed the Carl F. Eyring Science Center in his honor.

Among those who studied under Eyring was Loren C. Dunn.

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  1. ^ Regional Studies in Latter-day Saint History p. 114
  2. ^ Conference Report, April 1938, p. 62
  3. ^ Kimball, Edward L. Harvey Fletcher and Henry Eyring: Men of Faith and Science
  4. ^ Kimball, Edward L. and Andrew E. Kimball Jr., Spencer W. Kimball, (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1977) p. 88

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