Princeton 1987 and 2000
- In 1983, Princeton was nice enough to accept my son to the class of
1987. In 1987, Sam Treiman was the chairman of the physics department
and invited me to the reception honoring graduating seniors. It was
a momorable meeting for me since he was my thesis advisor. I
received my PhD degree in 1961.
- Treiman, Sam Treiman with Y. S. Kim and his son at Princeton (1987).
- Brooke Shields was in my son's class of 1987, and she was the most popular figure during the three days of alumni re-union preceding the commencement. I took many photos of Brooke who was the most beautiful American girl at that time.
- My own Commencement (1961).
This photo was taken during the 1961 commencement ceremony held in June.
I was in the crowd standing to get their PhD degrees. I had a close-up
view of Dean Rusk, Henry Cabot Lodge, and Mary Bunting
who were among the recipients of honorary degrees. Mary Bunting was
the president of Radcliffe College and a mother of five children.
- I was there. This photo was taken by my friend. At that time, it was very difficult to focus the camera for moving persons.
- Here is another photo.
- My father was among the guests who came to congratulate me. This photo was taken the day before the commencement by Orren Jack Turner who is famous for producing the 1947 photo of Einstein.
1910 (top) and now.
- Year 2000. I was there again with
my wife to participate the 100th anniversary celebration of Princeton's
graduate school. In 1910, the graduate school was ten years old, the
graduate school produced one Korean PhD.
His name was Syngman Rhee, who became the founding president of Korea in 1948.
When I was a graduate student (1958-61), he was regarded as an embarrassment
(the dictator of an underdeveloped country) to Princeton.
Things are different these days. Korea is now a prosperous democratic country modeled after the United States. There is the Syngman Rhee Lecture Hall in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs.
- Princeton's New PhDs: Princeton's one old PhD and with new PhDs under the Cleveland Tower (May 2000).
- Graduate School P-rade (May 2000). The P-rade is the parade of Princeton alumni, and is tradtionally an undergraduate event. Graduate alums are second-class citizens. In 2000, in celebration of the 100th anniversary, those Princeton PhD were invited to be the first group in the parade. I went there and I was in the group.
- with Harold Shapiro, the president of the University (1986-2001) during the Graduate School Centennial gala dinner held at the Jadwin Gymnasium on December 15, 2000. Mrs. Shapiro is in the middle.
Shirley Tilghman became the president in 2001. She
is the first lady president of Princeton University. This photo was
taken during the dinner honoring Harold Shapiro in February 2004.
Shapiro was the recipient of the 2004 James Madison medal given by the
Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni. Madison was a Princeton
graduate and the fourth president of the United States.
- When I tell people I have a degree from Princeton, they ask me whether I met Einstein. The answer is No, but I still like to manufacture a photo of mine with him. Click here to see what I did.
- While he was in Princeton, Einstein did not see too many people. Click here to see the people he liked and he disliked.
- Einstein's Christmas. There is a small college in Princeton called "Westminster Choir College." Students from this college used to the front of Einstein's house every Christams morning to sing to tell tell Einstein the "Savior" has come.
- Einstein site. He deserves his own webpage.
- Wigner at home. Patrica Eileen and Eugene Paul Wigner at their house in Princeton (1991).
- Wigner with grand daugters. Photo (1986) courtesy of Charles Upton.
- Wigner listening to Murray Gell-Mann (1988).
- Wigner's sisters. One of them became Dirac's wife.
- Wigner's last lunch with Kims.
- Click here, for the website dedicated to him.
von Neumann-related Photos
- von Neumann in home living room, photo by Alan Richards, courtesy of the Archives of the Institute for Advanced Study.
- Budapest. von Neumann's High School in Budapest. In addition to von Neumann, this high school produced two Nobel laureates. Do you know who they are?
- Von Neumann and Oppenheimer in front of Von Neumann's Institute computer. If Oppenheimer is not very happy in this photo, there is a good reason. The Institute decided to discontinue Von Neumann's computer project, because the electric bill was too high (too many vacuum tubes), and because too many engineers were involved. This is regarded as the worst mistake made by the Institute. Click here for one of the minor mistakes.
- Click here, for more von Neumann-related photos.
- Richard P. Feynman (1918-88). Feynman's photo hanging on the third floor of Jadwin Hall (physics building) of Princeton University.
- Feynman with Paul A. M. Dirac in Poland (1962), courtesy of Caltech Photo Archive. Photo by Marek Holzman.
- Click here, for more Feynman-related photos. As you know, Feynman was one of the most colorful persons of the 20th century.
- I like Feynman.
- Val Fitch praising Wigner at the Wigner Symposium held at the University of Maryland in 1988. Fitch with John Bardeen, during the same conference. John Bardeen was Wigner's student. and won two Nobel Prizes.
- Win Risk, Val Fitch, Fred Goldhaber, and Dave Cassel, during the 1962 departmental picnic in front of the Cosmic Ray Laboratory.
- Cosmic Ray Laboratory. This building, now called the Elementary Particles Lab, was built as a temporary building during the WW-II period. This is one of the permanent temporary buildings on the campus. Val Fitch started his research program in this building.
- Weinberg and Treiman (1985). Steven Weinberg was Sam Treiman's first student at Princeton. He received his degree in 1957. Since my advisor was also Treiman, I had to read his thesis before writing mine. I received my degree in 1961.
- Steve Weinberg surrounded by young admirers during the first Wigner Symposium held at the Univ. of Maryland in 1988.
Talking to Wigner. Steve Weinberg talking to Wigner when
he was a graduate student at Princeton (1957).
Daniel Sperber is also in this photo. He was a student working for Eugene Wigner when I went there in 1958. He told me what to do and what not to do as a graduate student. I was so happy to meet him again at a conference honoring John A. Wheeler in Princeton (2002). I had a photo with him.
Home Page. Weinberg's home page at the Univ. of
- A happy couple at the Wheeler Estate in Maine (1991).
- Toll and Wheeler Two happy men (College Park 2001). Johnny Toll came to the Univ. of Maryland from Princeton in 1953 and built the Physics Department. Recently the Physics Building was named "John S. Toll Physics Building." John Archibald Wheeler came to the dedication ceremony held in May of 2001. Wheeler was Toll's dissertation advisor at Princeton. Jordan Goodman, also in this photo, is the current Chairman of the Department, and was responsible for making these two gentlemen happy.
- Click here for additional
Many Interesting Characters from Princeton
- with John Toll, Wigner, Mrs. Toll
(photo by Joan Hamilton, 1986).
I came to the Univ. of Maryland in 1962 when Johnny Toll was the
Chairman of the Physics Department. He was
Wheeler's student. He came to Maryland in 1953 and started building
the physics department. Toll went to Stony Brook in 1965 as the
president, but came back to Maryland as the Chanceller of the University
System in 1978. Since I cam to Maryland in 1978, my life was not
always easy, but Johnny was always behind me. He passed away in
2010. Toll used become very happy whenever Wigner came to Maryland
at my invitation.
- There were and still are many Princeton graduates among the physics
faculty of the University of Maryland.
- James J. Griffin was Wheeler's
student and got his degree in 1956, before Wheeler became interested
in general relativity. In 1959, he completed the translation of
Winger's book Group Theory and
its Application to the Quantum Mechanics of Atomic Spectra
from German to English and from the left-hand coordinate system to
right-hand system. In this photo, he is in his office at the Univ.
of Maryland (2008).
- Wheeler Boys and Girls.
A gathering of Wheeler boys and girls during the Workshop on Squeezed
States and Uncertainty Relations held at the Univ. of Maryland
(March 1991). John Toll, Charles Misner, Dieter Brill, Bei-Lok Hu
are in this photo, and they were Wheeler's students in Princeton.
I am in this photo. I was not his student, but was crazy enough
to be remembered by him.
- Jim Hartle with the Brills,
suring the first Workshop on Squeezed States and Uncertainty Relations
held at the Univ. of Maryland in March of 1991. Jim Hartle was an
undergraduate student when I went to Princeton in 1958. His family
base is in Maryland. He comes to Marland very often.
- Joe Redish and Wally Greenberg
(1980). Redish did his undergraduate work at Princeton and went to
MIT to get his PhD degree. Greenberg was Wightman's student at
Princeton. They are at the University of Maryland, and I see them
- Jim Woods. Jim Woods came to Princeton one year ahead of me in 1957, and was Wightman's student. We spent five years together at the University of Maryland (1963-8). This photo was taken while both of us were attending a conference held in Goslar (Germany 1996).
- James J. Griffin was Wheeler's student and got his degree in 1956, before Wheeler became interested in general relativity. In 1959, he completed the translation of Winger's book Group Theory and its Application to the Quantum Mechanics of Atomic Spectra from German to English and from the left-hand coordinate system to right-hand system. In this photo, he is in his office at the Univ. of Maryland (2008).
- John Klauder, with
his daughter (Lake Balatonfurd, Hungary, 1997). I met Klauder while
we both were students at Princeton. He was several years ahead of me.
Since 1980, he has been very helpful to me whenever I needed his help.
- Happy Couple in Hungary enjoying dinner during the Wigner Centennial Conference held in Pecs (July 2002).
- Listening to me on a Potomac cruise
- Listening to me on a Potomac cruise boat in 1986. Eugene Wigner was on the same boat.
- with deers in Nara (Japan 1994).
- Klauder's Home Page at the University of Florida.
- Princeton's incoming graduate students (1968).
In this photo are Alan Nathan and Bill Caswell. They came from the Univ. of
Maryland, and they were in my class during their senior year. Alan Nathan is
now a professor at the Univ. of Illinois. Here is
his home page.
Bill Caswell was
on the ill-fated United Airlines flight that was steered toward the White House
but crashed in an open field near Shanksville (Pennsylvania) on September 11 (2002).
Based on what I know about him, I could say that he was one of those passengers
who attempted to subdue the terrorists. There is one young lady among those
students. Her name was and still is Glennys Farrar. Here is
her home page.
Raymond Streater spent his postoctoral years at
Princeton when I was a graduate student there. While there, he wrote a
book with A. S. Wightman entitled "CPT, Spin and Statistics, and
All That." You are invited to his webpage.
- Marcel Froissart talking with
Pierre Piroue at the physics picnic (Princeton 1962). Froissart had
two children then. I assume they were talking in French.
- During my last two years in Princeton (1960-62), I was one of the six boys
who shared a house. Four of them were physicists, one mathematician, and
one musician. I took some photos with my
- Carnation milk boxes. We knew dry milk is much healthier and also cheaper. Thus, we consumed boxes of Carnation powdered milk. This photo tells the story. In this photo are George Henry, myself, John Belinfante, John Bronzan, and Fred Murphy. Belinfante did not live with us, but used to come to our place often.
- Paul Schweitzer was the mathematician who lived with us. He now lives in Rio de Janeiro. This old b/w photo was taken during the summer of 1961. When he came to In April of 2000, he attended a math conference held at the Univ. of Maryland. We had a breakfast together and talked about those good old days, and we then produced this photo
- John Bronzan is now at Rutgers University. His thesis advisor was Sam Treiman. He gave a speech of appreciation at Treiman's retirement dinner.
- In 1961, I looked like this.
- Fred Goldhaber became 60. There was a celebration of this event in the form of a one-day conference followed by a banquet at Stony Brook (New York) on October 7 (2001). The title of the conference was "An Open World of Physics."
- with the Lipkins in Montreal (May 2004). Harry Lipkin received his PhD degree from Princeton in 1950. His advisor was Milton White, a very distinguished experimental physicist. He used to visit to the University of Maryland often.
- The day after the commencement. This young lady came to Washington in June (2012) the day after her commencement in Princeton. She was her mother. I started talking to them after seeing a Princeton sticker on their Toyota. This photo was taken in front of the World Bank building near the White House in Washington.
- Two Princeton students at London's Heathrow Airport (March 2012). I become very happy whenever I meet Princeton boys and girls, especially in foreign lands. I still become curious when I see princeton girls because there were no female students in Princeton when I was there.
- Princeton Campus. Let us go back to the campus.
- P-Rades. Have you been to this Princeton event?
- Who is responsible for this Princeton page?
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