Distinguished Alumni


Dudley Williams

Dr. Dudley Williams held the AB, MA and PhD degrees from the University of North Carolina.  He was a student at the high school of Lincoln Memorial University in 1929 and 1930, during which time he was inspired by such instructors as Vernon Baldwin, Frank Grannis and Professor LeRoy Johnson.  He was an excellent chemistry and physics student and had a most distinguished career as a professor which spanned 60 years.

Dr. Williams was an instructor at the University of Florida until 1941 at which time he went to the M.I.T. Radiation Laboratory where he worked for one year.  He then went to the University of Oklahoma where he was an assistant professor.  During World War II, he worked on the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos Laboratory, University of California.  He was an associate professor at Ohio State University where he was acting chair for two years.
Dr. Williams was a Guggenheim Fellow at Zeeman Laboratory, University of Amsterdam, and at Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford in 1956.

He was N.S.F. Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Institute d’Astrophysique, University de Lege, and National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, in 1961-62.

From 1963-64, he served as professor and head of the department at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Raleigh.

He went to Kansas State University as Regents Professor of Physics in 1964, and was there until 1982.

Among his honorary and professional memberships were Fellow of American Physical Society, National President of the Optical Society of America and Associate Editor of that association’s journal, member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, President of Ohio Chapter of Sigma XI and President of Kansas State Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Williams had hundreds of articles in print which are used all over the country.