The speaker will discuss the Department of Physics during the period of 1948 to 1956, the time when he was student in the Department. The preeminence in space science and space physics of the University, the Department of Physics, LASP as well as Ball Aerospace and Technology, Inc., can be directly traced back to 1947 when the Department of Physics won a contract to use captured German V-2 rockets to lift instruments above the earth’s atmosphere to study the sun. The early history of Ball Aerospace and of LASP is discussed.
Dr. Ruel C. Mercure earned his PhD in physics in 1957, under William Rense. He is the 21st student at CU to earn a PhD in Physics.