Grant O. Gale
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Grant Oscar Gale (December 29, 1903 – April 14, 1998) was the S.S. Williston Professor of physics at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, the curator of Grinnell's Physics Historical Museum, and the namesake of the Grant O. Gale Observatory on the Grinnell campus.
In 1928 Gale came to the college as an instructor in physics, and eventually became Professor of Physics. Until his death in 1998 he collected science equipment which had become obsolete and maintained a series of exhibits which now form the core of Grinnell's Physics Historical Museum.
One of Gale's most noted students was Robert Noyce, co-inventor of the integrated circuit and founder of Intel. While a student at Grinnell, Noyce stole a pig from a nearby farmer for a college luau and then slaughtered it in Clark Hall. The prank would have earned him expulsion, if not for Gale's intervention. Gale was also the physics instructor for Grinnell music student Herbie Hancock.
- "Grinnell: Longtime physics professor dies", Iowa City News Journal, April 16, 1998.
- About the Grant O. Gale Observatory, Grinnell College, retrieved 2013-02-26.
- Transcript from Voices of the Past: Grant Gale, Drake Community Library, Grinnell, Iowa.
- Physics Historical Museum, Grinnell College
- Berlin, Leslie (2005), The Man Behind the Microchip : Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley, Oxford University Press, p. 22, ISBN 9780198036883.
- Herbie Hancock '60, Grinnell College, retrieved 2013-02-26.
- Alpha and Omega Sundial, Grinnell College
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