Arthur Edward Ruark

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Arthur Edward Ruark (1899–1979) was an American physicist who actively played a role in the development of quantum mechanics. He wrote the book "Atoms, Molecules, and Quanta" with Nobel Prize in Chemistry winner Harold Clayton Urey in 1930, and is the author of numerous scientific papers on quantum physics.

Arthur Edward Ruark was born in Washington, D.C., 9 November 1899 as the son of Oliver Miles and Margaret Gordon (Smith) Ruark. He graduated from Towson High School Baltimore, Md. and Shepherd University. He received A.B. cum laude at Johns Hopkins, 1921, A.M. in 1923, Ph.D. in 1924. He married Sarah Grace Hazen, of Canton, N.Y. on March 17, 1927. He was a member of Atomic Structure Section of the Bureau Of Standards, Washington, D.C., from 1922-26. He was assistant professor Physics at Yale from 1926-27. He was physicist for Gulf Oil Cos., Mellon Institute from 1927-29. He was chief of physics division Gulf Research Laboratory in 1930. He was professor of Physics University of Pittsburgh from 1930-34. He was head of physics department at University of N.Carolina after 1934.

The graduate program of the University of Alabama was begun after WWII under the leadership of Arthur Ruark. Afterwards, Ruark became head of the controlled fusion program at the Atomic Energy Commission. Ruark left Alabama in 1956.

Arthur E. Ruark on 31 December. 1959 wrote "Material for the McKinney Report -Progress Towards Fusion-Power."

He is author of: Multiple Electron Transmissions and Primed Spectral Terms, 1925; Atoms, Molecules, and Quanta, 1930; Atomic Physics (with others), 1933; also numerous articles on critical potentials, Spectroscopy, wave mechanics, indetermination principle, radio activity and nuclear physics.

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