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100 Years of NC State Physics 100 Years of NC State Physics

100 Years of NC State Physics

On November 3-4, NC State’s Department of Physics celebrated its 100th anniversary with a fun weekend of family-friendly activities, talks, tours and demonstrations.

The celebration honored a century of rich history, as well as showing off the department’s bright future. Scroll through the timeline to explore 100 years of physics at NC State.

Some Highlights From the Last Century

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  • 1894 First physics professor hired at NC State
  • 1917 Physics becomes an independent department
  • 1953 First nuclear reactor in an academic setting is completed on NC State’s campus
  • 1965 NC State joins the newly formed Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory
  • 1990 President George H.W. Bush visits the lab of Jan Schetzina
  • 1991 The Science House K-12 outreach program is founded, with physics professor David Haase as its first director
  • 2003 WebAssign, created by physics professor John Risley, becomes the first major startup to come out of the department
  • 2006 The department begins moving into its newly renovated home in Riddick Hall
  • 2017 Department celebrates its 100th anniversary

CATEGORIES: Alumni & Friends, Physics

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