The Resource William Ingham papers

William Ingham papers

William Ingham papers, 1945-2013
William Ingham papers
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Ingham papers, 1945-2013
This collection, consisting of 31.36 cubic feet (94 Hollinger boxes and 2 half-Hollinger boxes), contains the professional and academic papers of Dr. William Ingham, professor emeritus of physics at James Madison University
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William Herbert Ingham, a distinguished member of the James Madison University physics faculty for over three decades, was born November 29, 1947 in Rochester, New York. He received his S.B. (Scientiae Baccalaureus) in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1968 and went on to complete his M.S. in astronomy from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1969. Ingham returned to MIT and received his Ph.D. in astrophysics in 1976. Dr. Ingham began teaching at JMU in September 1976 and remained a member of the physics faculty until his retirement in July 2010. During his tenure at JMU, Dr. Ingham served as head of the Physics Department from 1986 to 1989 and also served in an acting role as Associate Dean/Acting Dean, Letters and Sciences (1989-1990) and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (1990-1991). Dr. Ingham’s accomplishments related to furthering the science curriculum are numerous. He taught over thirty discrete physics courses as well as courses in many other disciplines such as chemistry and math and championed a new computational science concentration. He also developed and taught four offerings of an introductory fluid mechanics course beginning the 1980-1980 academic year. In partnership with the History Department, Dr. Ingham was instrumental in creating the history of science curriculum first offered in the 1992-1993 academic year. Related material is located in the Teaching & Coursework series of this collection. Dr. Ingham was an advocate for the physics department during university restructuring in the mid-1990s and was also an influential and involved faculty member beyond the physics department and beyond JMU. He served on the Faculty Handbook Task Force which was charged with editing the faculty handbook. This included editing and revising the expectations, rights and responsibilities of the faculty, and outlining the relationship between faculty members and the university. He also served on the Faculty Senate. Dr. Ingham was awarded the Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Sciences and Mathematics for academic year 2002/2003. Recommended by the Council for International Exchange of Students (CIES) for a Lecturing/Research award under the 2004-2005 J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program. He was awarded a grant and subsequently spent the fall semester 2004 teaching physics and conducting research at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada as a faculty-in-residence. Dr. Ingham was professionally active throughout his career, serving as a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), particularly the Chesapeake Section (CSAAPT), and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. He was a grader for Advanced Placement (AP) physics examinations for several years. Between 1994 and 2000, Dr. Ingham served on the AP Physics Development Committee, a six-member national committee that writes the AP physics examinations; he chaired the committee from 1997 to 2000. Since retirement in 2010, Dr. Ingham has remained active in the JMU community as a member of the Faculty Emeriti Association and continues to lecture on topics relating to black holes and gravitational waves.
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non fiction
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JMU Faculty papers
William Ingham papers
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94 Hollinger boxes, 2 half-size Hollinger boxes; 31.36 cubic feet.
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Collection is open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection
Immediate source of acquisition
William Ingham donated this collection to Special Collections in October 2013.
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Series 1: Undergraduate and graduate school materials, 1965-1976 ; Series 2: Teaching and coursework, 1971-2013, undated ; Series 3: Research and scholarship, 1945-2013, undated ; Series 4: JMU departmental and JMU materials, 1976-2012, undated ; Series 5: Professional development and activities, 1958-2011 ; Series 6: Physics miscellaneous, 1970-2005, undated ; Series 7: Media, 1999-2004, undated; All series are arranged alphabetically with the exception of Series 1: Undergraduate and Graduate School Materials, which is arranged numerically by course number and then alphabetically, Series 2: Teaching and Coursework, which is arranged alphabetically by course number beginning with physics courses then numerically by course number, and Series 7: Media, which is not arranged in any particular order.

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