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I was a student at Columbia University from the Fall of 1953 until Summer 1956.

Squirrels provided some of the warmest and deepest feelings on campus. They really cared about students. 
Columbia squirrels




my friend, le marteleur Even though he stood on a pedestal in front of the School of Mines Building, le Marteleur was always ready to listen to a student. He wore a bronze form of the leather gear he had worn as a mill worker. Notice his relaxed manner. He lent an aura of class to Mines.

He advised me to stay on after graduating in Mining in the Spring of 1954. "Learn all you can from the great science teachers here."

I remember being invited in the Fall of 1953 to The Engineers Club in New York. Henry Krumb awarded a scholarship to me to study Mining Engineering.


old school tie Alma Mater sits majestically in front of Low Memorial Library. Even though she is our fostering mother, I did not have the courage to crawl into her lap. Her position is exposed. What would Columbia College students have thought if they were to observe a lowly engineering student seeking succor?

But I did talk with her.


School of Mines Graduate Student Body, 1954-55.

We consisted of one Japanese, two Americans, 2 Canadians, one Filipino, and one German. The main drawing card was Professor Philip Bucky. He specialized in barodynamics. To miners, this is a weighty subject.
school of mines


I worked part time at Lamont Geological Observatory in 1955-56. The Big Three were Director Maurice Ewing, gravity specialist J. Lamar Worzel, and seismologist Frank Press. Jack Oliver and Jack Nafe were on the second rung. Dave Ericson spent endless hours staring into a microscope while he counted foraminifera, sampled from deep sea cores. Lamont


THINGS FOR YOU TO DO IN THINKING ABOUT CAREER OPTIONS
1. Use a search engine.
2. Search Block Caving. Shame on current authors if they do not refer to Philip Bucky.
3. I sought out great teachers, with the encouragement of campus squirrels. See how many references to the following you can find online: Raymond D. Mindlin, Jerome H. Weiner, Marshall Kay, A. Poldervaart, Charles Behre, Jr., T. D. Lee.
4. T. D. Lee was teaching Electrostatics. A few days before term end, he accelerated his writing on the board and his accompanying lecturing, with his back to the class. One frightened soul dared to begin to ask the classic stupid question: "Will this material be on the exa...?" Professor Lee wheeled around and said: "Physics cannot be measured in terms of Time", then quickly went on with his lecture.
5. Universities depend on philanthropy. Search Corliss Lamont. Read about contributions of his father and mother, Thomas and Florence, to Columbia and his father to Harvard.
6. Prof. Mindlin taught Jerry Weiner. There was a beautiful continuous thread through Mindlin's courses on two and three dimensional theory of elasticity and vibration of plates to the course on thermoelasticity developed by Weiner and Prof. Bruno Boley. I took the course under Weiner. And there was another exquisite thread. Mindlin taught Lawrence E. Goodman. Larry was my M.S. and Ph.D. thesis adviser at the University of Minnesota in the years 1958-62. Prof. Goodman's U. of Minn. Ph.D. students plan to celebrate his 80th birthday with him in St. Paul, MN, during March 2000.
7. I was able to understand my assignments at Lamont because of Mindlin's teaching. Jack Oliver was my supervisor. I performed experiments on wave propagation in solids. Jack published some of my results in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Volume 29, Number 2, February 1957, pp. 189-194. Title: "Elastic Wave Dispersion in a Cylindrical Rod by a Wide-Band Short-Duration Pulse Technique".
8. Search for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). See the note on the Ewing Medal. Search for Walter Pitman to learn about Lamont. Find the current occupant of the J. Lamar Worzel and Maurice Ewing Professorship in Geophysics at Columbia. Read about his work.
Learn about the many contributions of Frank Press.

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