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A WIESS SCHOOL HISTORICAL TIMELINE

1940 - 1949

Timeline 1940-1949

1941 Szolem Mandelbrojt (Mathematics) worked in analytic functions and classes of infinietly differential functions.

1942

Longtime board chairman James Baker dies, and Lovett prepares to retire. Board members Harry Wiessand George Brown approach Rice’s board with a proposal to invest in the Rincon oil field in south Texas. Houstonian M. D. Anderson is a significant contributor toward the purchase.

1943

In January, George R. Brown ‘20, partner in Brown & Root, becomes the first Rice alumnus elected to the Board of Trustees.

1944

Between 1929 and 1943, 49 percent of students are registered in the liberal arts school, which includes the natural sciences and mathematics.

1946

William Vermillion Houston is appointed the second president of Rice and had his formal inauguration on April 10, 1947. Houston was a professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology before taking the Rice presidency. Houston brought many advancements to the university, including enlargement of the graduate school, a five-year engineering program, lowering of the student-teacher ratio to 10:1, and implementing the planned residential college system. Houston made pioneering efforts in the fields of atomic spectroscopy and solid state theory.

1947

Tom w. Bonner received his Ph.D. in physics from Rice and was chair of the department until his death in 1961. The Bonner Nuclear Laboratories are named after him, and the American Physical Society awards the prestigious Bonner Prize in nuclear physics each year in his honor.