Joseph Sweetman Ames

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Joseph Sweetman Ames (July 3, 1864 – June 24, 1943) [1] was a physics professor at Johns Hopkins University, provost of the university from 1926 until 1929, and university president from 1929 until 1935.[2]

He was born at Manchester, Vermont. He is best remembered as one of the founding members of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA, the predecessor of NASA) and its longtime chairman (1919–1939). NASA Ames Research Center is named after him. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1911.[3] He was the 1935 recipient of the Langley Gold Medal from the Smithsonian Institution.

Ames was also an assistant editor of Astrophysical Journal and associate editor of the American Journal of Science; editor-in-chief of the Scientific Memoir Series; and editor of J. von Fraunhofer's memoirs on Prismatic and Diffractive Spectra (1898).


  • The Theory of Physics (1897) ISBN 978-1-112-24574-9
  • Elements of Physics (1900) ISBN 978-1-172-27730-8
  • The Induction of Electric Currents (two volumes, 1900)
  • Text-Book of General Physics (1904)
  • Theoretical Mechanics (1929)


  1. ^ Report of the National Academy of Sciences By National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)(1944)
  2. ^ Sweetman Biographical sketch, from the JHU Libraries Special Collections, MS.061.
  3. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 

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