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Physics Today 2001 May p. 82 William George Fastie

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Physics Today 2001 May p. 82
William George Fastie
William George Fastie, a preeminent optical
physicist and spectroscopist who helped start the
Johns Hopkins University space program in the late
1950s, died of pneumonia on 14 July 2000 in
Born in Baltimore on 6 December 1916, Fastie grew
up during the Depression. After graduating from
high school with what he called an "undistinguished
scholastic record," he worked at a grocery store to
help support his family. From the time he was a
teenager, he displayed a flair for physics. He attended the Johns Hopkins University from
1934 through 1941, first as a student in the evening college and later as a graduate
student in physics, working under the supervision of A. Herman Pfund, Robert W. Wood,
and Gerhardt H. Dieke. Remarkably, he did not complete the requirements for either an
undergraduate or graduate degree.
During World War II, he worked as a research assistant in the department of physics and
developed infrared detectors. In 1945, he left Hopkins to become a research physicist at


Source: Henry, Richard C.- Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University


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