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  Physics symposium
Pair of pioneers lauded

The Physics Department is hosting a celebration to honor pioneering African Americans in physics.

Imes (Courtesy Fisk University)
Moore (Courtesy Sidney Moore)

"A Celebration of Pioneering African Americans in Physics: From Imes to Moore at the University of Michigan" will be held 1-5:45 p.m. March 17 in West Hall, Room 340. A reception will follow in West 337.

The keynote address will be delivered by John Marburger III, science advisor to the president of the United States and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. U-M President Mary Sue Coleman also will make remarks during the event.

The symposium will honor two prominent U-M alumni:

Elmer Samuel Imes, the second African American to earn a doctorate in physics and the first to make a significant research contribution. His thesis research was a pioneering work on the infrared spectroscopy of diatomic molecules, and he received his doctorate in 1918.

Willie Hobbs Moore, the first African American female to receive a doctorate in physics, which she accomplished in 1972 at U-M. Her thesis research solved important problems in the vibrational analysis of macromolecules. After receiving her doctorate, she continued research on the spectral analysis of proteins.

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