Aaron Lemonick

Physicist, Academic

1923 – 2003

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Who was Aaron Lemonick?

Aaron Lemonick was a Princeton University physics professor and administrator who served as Dean of the Graduate School from 1969 to 1973, and as Dean of the Faculty from 1973 to 1989. Joseph Taylor, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physics, attributes his decision to study physics instead of mathematics to Lemonick's freshman physics course at Haverford. Princeton awarded him the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching when he retired in 1994, and he received an honorary degree in 2001.

Lemonick served in the Air Force during World War II, and later attended the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate. He began his association with Princeton as a graduate student in physics and received his Ph.D. in 1954. He taught at Haverford College and became chair of the physics department there in 1957, as well as working as a research collaborator at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He became a member of the Princeton faculty as an associate professor of physics in 1961.

Ruth Simmons, the current president of Brown, who worked under Lemonick as a Princeton administrator, cites him as one of the major influences on her career. He was also a force behind the foundation of Princeton's Women's Studies program, as well as its Molecular Biology department.

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Born
Feb 2, 1923
Philadelphia
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania
Employment
  • Princeton University
Lived in
  • Philadelphia
Died
Jun 19, 2003
Princeton

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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