George R. Harrison

George Russell Harrison (July 14, 1898 – July 27, 1979) was an American physicist.

George Russell Harrison
BornJuly 14, 1898
DiedJuly 27, 1979 (1979-07-28) (aged 81)
AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom (1946)
Elliott Cresson Medal (1953)
William F. Meggers Award (1970)
Scientific career

Harrison became Professor of Experimental Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1930, and was appointed the school's Dean of Science in 1942; he also headed MIT's Spectroscopy Laboratory. During World War II, he was chief of the Optics Division of the National Defense Research Committee, and later head of the Office of Field Service of the Office of Scientific Research and Development.[1] He served as president of the Optical Society of America from 1945–46 and was awarded the Frederic Ives Medal in 1949.[2] He was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1946 by President Harry Truman. He remained Dean of Science at MIT until his retirement in 1964.[1] His son David Kent Harrison was a professor of mathematics at the University of Oregon and a Guggenheim Fellow for the academic year 1963–1964.[3] David Harrison is survived by his son, composer and pianist Michael Harrison, a Guggenheim Fellow for the academic year 2018-2019[4], and his daughter Jo Ellen Harrison.

See also


  1. Sean Johnston (2006). Holographic Visions: A History of New Science. Oxford University Press. p. 124. ISBN 0-19-857122-4.
  2. "Past Presidents of the Optical Society of America". Optical Society of America. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20.
  3. "David Kent Harrison". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
  4. "Michael Harrison". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.


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