Lee Alvin DuBridge
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Lee Alvin DuBridge
DuBridge with Ceauşescu in Romania
|2nd President of California Institute of Technology|
|Preceded by||Robert Millikan|
|Succeeded by||Harold Brown|
|Born||September 21, 1901|
Terre Haute, Indiana
|Died||January 23, 1994 (aged 92)|
|Awards||Vannevar Bush Award (1982)|
|Thesis||Variations in the photo-electric sensitivity of platinum (1926)|
|Doctoral advisor||Charles Elwood Mendenhall|
Lee Alvin DuBridge was born on September 21, 1901, in Terre Haute, Indiana. His father was Fred DuBridge, a football coach at Indiana State Normal School. He graduated from Cornell College in 1922, and then began a teaching assignment at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, from which he received an M.A. degree in 1924 and a Ph.D. in 1926. DuBridge continued his academic work at the California Institute of Technology, Washington University and the University of Rochester.
At Rochester, DuBridge began a long career as an academic administrator, serving as dean of the faculty of arts and sciences. On leave from Rochester between 1940 and 1946, he became the founding director of the Radiation Laboratory at MIT. In 1946, DuBridge began serving as president of the California Institute of Technology through 1969.
DuBridge servered as presidential Science Advisor under President Harry S. Truman from 1952-53 and under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953-55, and (after retiring from Caltech) under President Richard Nixon from 1969-70.
DuBridge served on boards for: RAND Corporation (1948–1961), National Science Board (1950-1954), Western College Association (president, 1950-1951), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1951-1957), Air Pollution Foundation (1953–1961), Institute for Defense Analysis (1956-1960), Rockefeller Foundation (1956-1976), National Science Board (vice chair, 1958-1964), Board of Governors for the Los Angeles Town Hall (1959-1963), Edison Foundation (1960-1968), KCET (1962-1968), Huntington Library (1962-1968), and National Educational Television (1964-1968).
Personal and death
- 1947: Research Corporation Award
- 1948: United States Medal for Merit
- 1967: Governor's Award, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
- 1968: Sesquicentennial Award, University of Michigain
- 1969: Lehman Award, New York Academy of Sciences
- 1973: Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Sciences
- 1982: Vannevar Bush Award, National Science Foundation
- Biographical Memoirs, Volume 72. National Academy of Sciences, Office of the Home Secretary. 23 August 1997. pp. 108–110. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
- "Historical Perspective: Lee A. DuBridge: America's Senior". Tribune Star. September 27, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
- Dubridge, Lee Alvin (1924). Positive rays produced by ultra violet light (Ph.D.). University of Wisconsin–Madison. OCLC 608883548.
- Dubridge, Lee Alvin (1926). Variations in the photo-electric sensitivity of platinum (Ph.D.). University of Wisconsin–Madison. OCLC 50284382 – via ProQuest. (Subscription required (help)).
- Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, New York, 1973
- 1983 Audio Interview with Lee DuBridge by Martin Sherwin Voices of the Manhattan Project
- Memorial page for DuBridge at the National Academy of Sciences
- Caltech oral history interview, Part I
- Caltech oral history interview, Part II
- on YouTube
- Key Participants: Lee DuBridge - It's in the Blood! A Documentary History of Linus Pauling, Hemoglobin, and Sickle Cell Anemia; Key Participants: Lee DuBridge - Linus Pauling and the International Peace Movement: A Documentary History
- Oral History interview transcript with Lee DuBridge 9 June 1972, American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library and Archives
- Oral History interview transcript with Lee DuBridge 14 February 1986, American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library and Archives
- Oral History interview transcript with Lee DuBridge 6 March 1987, American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library and Archives
- National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir
| President of the California Institute of Technology
1946 – 1969