Faculty

FRANCIS E. LOW
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Former MIT Provost

FRANCIS E. LOW
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Former MIT Provost

In Memoriam: October 27, 1921 - February 16, 2007

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Area of Physics:

Theoretical Particle Physics

Research Interests

Theoretical Particle Physics

Biographical Sketch

Low joined MIT's physics department in 1957 and served as provost from 1980 to 1985. During that time, he encouraged a prominent role for the humanities in MIT's curriculum. Before becoming provost, he directed MIT's Center for Theoretical Physics and the Laboratory for Nuclear Science. An Institute Professor, he retired from MIT in 1991 but continued to teach physics for a few more years.

Low described his teaching and interactions with students as highlights in his long career. His former students include Alan Guth (PhD 1972), the Victor F. Weisskopf professor of physics at MIT; Mitchell Feigenbaum (PhD 1970), Toyota professor of mathematical physics, The Rockefeller University; and Susan Coppersmith (SB 1978), professor of physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Selected Publications

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