History of the George C. Benson Memorial Lecture Series


The George C. Benson Memorial Lectures are in honor of a man whose memory lives with those whose lives crossed his.  George spent the years 1960 to 1962 at Miami earning his Master's Degree in Physics.  A native Ohioan, he attended public schools in Lodi, Ohio prior to entering Wittenberg College, class of 1958. For two years he taught high school physics, chemistry, and general science at Olmsted Falls, Ohio.  His next two years in Oxford gained him the friendship and respect of faculty, fellow students, and others who knew him.  His outstanding performance continued at the University of Michigan, where in December 1966 he earned his Ph.D. in Physics, his dissertation topic being "Mesons and Spectator Protons at 3.65 BeV/c."  Three months later he died in an airplane crash which killed all aboard.

For years these lectures have brought distinguished speakers, including three Nobel Laureates, to the Miami University campus.  The talks have been interdisciplinary in nature, showing the relationship of physics to other fields of human endeavor.  They have ranged in subject from Henry Margenau's discussion of the interaction of physics and philosophy to discussions of the relevance of physics to music, medicine, and our environment.  The public, as well as the university community, is encouraged to attend all talks.

If you would like to help continue this valuable lecture series, please send a contribution addressed to "Miami University Fund - George C. Benson Memorial Lectures."


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