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Legacy Series

Launch of the Physics Legacy Series

Today, August 17, 2020 we launch our Physics Legacy Series - a look back at the Mona Physics journey from the inception of the University College in 1948 to the Department and Family we see today.

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The UWI Physics Department

The University began teaching in 1948 as a University College affiliated with the University of London, and became an independent University in 1962. The Physics Department was founded with the University College in 1948.

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Dr. Francis Bowen, Head: 1947-1962

Dr. Francis Bowen was probably among the first West Indians to obtain a Ph.D. in Physics. Prior to pursuing tertiary level education Dr. Bowen was a part of the British West Indies Regiment as a Warrant Officer, Class II, 1917-1919 and served in France, Belgium and Italy.

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Prof. Raymond Wright, Head: 1962-1971

Professor Raymond Wright attended the Queen Mary College, University of London, where he awarded a Bachelor of Science in Special Physics (1947) and the Doctor of Philosophy with Honours (1949). His thesis was entitled “The Variation of Temperature of the Hall Effect and Related Electrical Phenomenon in Semi-conductors.”

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Dr. Michael Neville McMorris, Head: 1975-81 and 1992-93

Dr. Michael Neville McMorris attended the University College of the West Indies, Jamaica (UCWI) between 1953 and 1956 as a Government Scholar where he obtained a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics. He was the recipient of the Carnegie and Leverhulme Fellowships in Physics that enabled him to obtain B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

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Professor Geoffery Kent, Head: 1971-75

Professor Geoffery. Kent attended the University of Cambridge where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts (1955), Master of Arts (1959) and a Doctor of Philosophy (1959) in Physics. After obtaining his Ph.D. he lectured at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria (1959-1964). He came to the University of the West Indies in1964 and for the next seventeen years served in various capacities...

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