- Washington, DC. The most rewarding aspect of coming to this
University was that its campus is only 15 kilometers from the White House.
When I came to this area 1962, the Soviet Union was very strong, and
to be the most influential person in the world.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington became de-facto capital city of the world,
and it became an international city, with many interesting visitors from the world.
- New York City is only three hours of train ride
- There are two international airports serving the Washington area. It is convenient
to fly to the places in the world.
- This University has an interesting history.
Abraham Lincoln is known as the greatest president of the United States. While he was
the president (1861-1865), he distributed the government-owned lands for construction of
new colleges in every state. The colleges were mostly for agriculture, the major industry
at that time.
This aspect of Lincoln is not well known.
The Maryland College of Agriculture was set up in 1856 as a cow college before Lincoln's
presidency. Lincoln's plan allowed this obscure school to expand to become one of the
major universities in the world. Here is a
brief history of the University.
- The agricultural tradition still exists on campus. The animal house is located near the
center of the campus. Let us look at some animal pictures.
- University Barn is the "must see" spot on campus.
- Not Bull fighters. They are bull lovers.
- More Photos of the cow college
The campus of 1938, with enough empty lands. The construction
process is continuing even these days.
- 1864. Maryland legislature voted to accept the Morris grant,
commonly known as Abraham Lincoln's land grant. The college
received a city-sized land from the federal government. I came
here in 1962, I witness construction activities everyday.
- 1916 and 1917. The State of Maryland took full control of the college
and changed its name to the University of Maryland.
- 1935. Curly Byrd
became the president of the University, and was the
president until 1964.
He is the one who transformed the University
from a cow college to a ranking university in the United States. He
had a talent in impressing the state legislature for his numerous
construction projects. He built many dormitory buildings.
- For one year, he received enough funds for both library and stadium,
but he combined both of these funds to build a huge stadium. These days, the
university's football stadium is called the
- Byrd Stadium. This is the biggest
college foot ball field in the world. The cow college image is gone, but
the University of Maryland is still regarded as a "foot ball" college.
- The sport facilities are still expanding, with these
indoor facilities. The construction of this building was funded by
the ComCast Cooperation. This
company thinks it can make money from this investment. I do not know how, but
the company should know how.
- In 1954. Curly Bird retired. Before his retirement, he was able to
convince the Maryland legislature for additional funds for the library.
The construction of the library was completed in 1958, and it is called
McKeldon Library. It is located at the center of
the University, and there is a beautiful mall in front of this library.
- McKeldon Library and the Mall.
- Talent Show. A student is
showing his talent.
- Campus Walkway along the Mall.
- Main Administration Building is at
the opposite end of the Mall.
- 1952, while he was still the president, Curly Byrd decided to build
a first-class physics department, and called John A. Wheeler of Princeton
for an advice. At that time, Wheeler had a young student named John S. Toll.
Toll came to the University in 1953 and got things moving.
- Toll with Wheeler in 2001,
forty eight years after he came to the University of Maryland.
By 1965, when he left the Department to become the
president of the Stony Brook campus of the New York state university system,
Maryland's physics department became one of the largest in the world.
- In 1980, Toll came back to the University of Maryland as the chancellor
of the Maryland University System. He used to become very happy whenever
I invited Eugene Wigner from Princeton.
- My photo with Toll and Wigner (1986).
- My collaboration with Wigner.
- In 2001, the physics building was named after him, and is now called
"John S. Tall Physics Building."
- These days, many capitalists are coming to College Park, and they are
constructing high-rise buildings.
Are they going to transform this college town into a business center?
I do not know. In either case, things are changing everyday.
I was still a young man in 1972 when I had this photo with the students in
the honors program. I was their advisor.
- I came to the University of Maryland in 1962, and became a professor emeritus
in 2007, after spending 45 for teaching and other universities. My job is
still to become famous in order to lift up the reputation of the university. I still
have my office at the University and publish my papers with the university address.
- Faculty Photo of 1963, ten months after I came to
- with Students in honors program (1972). I like students
because I regard myself as one of them.
- Elementary Particles Research Group (1973).
- Departmental Christmas Party (1976).
In academic dress (1990).
- Academic Robe. I sometimes had to
attend commencement ceremonies (1990).
- Popular Teachers
invited to a student party (2000). With me is Satindar Bhagat, who also came to
the UMD in 1962. He was always a good teacher, but I was sometimes.
- Coca-Cola Cans. I used to collect
Coca-Cola cans from different parts of the world. These days, I cannot carry
them. Thus, I have to find some other item I can carry on my carry-on bag.
Please tell me if you have suggestions.
- Home page. You are invited
to my home page. The University of Maryland has been very nice to me.
- I have more than 1000 campus photos. I will post them when I have time.
Please come again.
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