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Dr. Varadaraja V. Raman physics scrapbook

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0607

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook contains many photographs of faculty and students in the Physics Department at RIT during the academic year 1976/77. Faculty are identified and most of the students, including the four freshmen who began in the Fall of 1976. There is mention of talks given by Dr. Raman and others in the department, a commentary from Ira Hoffman, a physics student tells of his experience being in the major at RIT, and a two-day symposium which looks to be one of the early John Wiley Jones awards and lectures.

Also found in the scrapbook are many articles written about the department, one in particular about the new degree program called Nuclear Medicine Technology where Dr. Earl Sexton is quoted as saying "Academically speaking, we're one of less than a half dozen four-year degree programs in the nation." Also documented is the installation of a new electronics laboratory in the College of Science building which was dedicated to two professors who had passed; Raymond Biehler, and Dr. Mikolai Hadsinki.

Lastly, the scrapbook contains the Department of Physics annual report for 1976-1977.


  • Creation: 1976-1977


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Varadaraja V. Raman Ph.D. (University of Paris) is Emeritus Professor of Physics and Humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. He has been elected Senior Fellow at the Metanexus Institute (Philadelphia, USA), and Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion (Cambridge, UK). He is a recipient of the Raja Rao Award from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi, India), and of the Outstanding Scholar Award from the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS), as well as RIT's Outstanding Retiree Award. Currently, he is serving as President of IRAS. He is the author of twelve books including Truth and Tension in Science and Religion, Glimpses of Ancient Science and Scientists, Scientific Perspectives, as well as Variety in Religion and Science, and scores of articles relating the philosophy and history of science. Varadaraja V Raman. RIT, n.d. 14 August 2015 />.

The foreword in the scrapbook reads as follows: "Like any dynamic institution, our Physics Department is an organism, with a life of its own, and functioning in a variety of ways: its many active parts contributing to its growth and vitality. Year after year, as weeks and quarters pass by, the Department leaves in its past a wide range of experiences and achievements. Some of these are recorded in the annual reports, others are totally forgotten.

When I became Chairman last July it occurred to me that it would be a good idea to combine the records of the year's events and activities in a perusable scrapbook for us all to see and reflect. What is more, future generations of students and faculty may find it interesting to look into these yearbooks.

Here then is the materialization of that idea. This would not have been possible without the cheerful cooperation of our secretary Diane. I trust you will enjoy glancing through this first volume." V.V. Raman, 20 May 1977


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A scrapbook documenting the activities of the RIT Physics Department during the 1976/77 academic year. The book contains photographs, articles, invitations, event announcements and department annual report.


The scrapbook is arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Scrapbook was donated to the RIT Archives in July 2015 by Dr. V.V. Raman.

Accession number(s): 2015:

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Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in July 2015.

Dr. Varadaraja V. Raman physics scrapbook
RIT Archives
Jody Sidlauskas
29 July 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA