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Rorschach Lectures

Harold Emil ("Bud") Rorschach, Jr. (1926-1993) was a passionate educator and an enthusiastic and broadly knowledgeable mentor to his colleagues. During his career at Rice he taught more than five thousand undergraduates in his courses. H e guided twenty-seven students to the Ph.D. degree in his areas of research, experimental low temperature physics and biophysics, and he was a leader and moral force among the faculty. Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Rorschach served as an electronics technician in the Navy during World War II. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, completing his studies there in 1952. At Rice, he rose from Instructor to Professor, and was named Sam and Helen Worden Professor in Physics in 1981. He served twice as chair of the Physics Department (1966-73 and 1991-93) and was Visiting Professor of Physics and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1961, won Rice's George R. Brown teaching awards six times, and was a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Bud Rorschach had the remarkable quality that made the many people he met think they commanded his entire attention and thoughtful involvement, yet he devoted himself to a surprisingly wide spectrum of constituencies, including his family and friends, his colleagues at all levels at Rice University and in the academic and research world beyond, his church, and the Houston community. The Rorschach Lectures are intended to reflect his broad concerns and interests, including the impact of physics on the greater body of knowledge and culture.

17.Cherry A. Murray
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University
Educating the 21st Century Scientist and Engineer
September15, 2014 16.Jane Lubchenco
Former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Behind the Scenes in DC: Tales from the Science-Policy Interface
April 15, 2013 15.Phil Plait
Death from Above
November 14, 2011 14. Malcolm Ross O'Neill
Assistant Secretary, United States Army
Science and Technology Contributions to the Soldier
January 24, 2011 13. Ralph Cicerone
President of the National Academy of Sciences
Climate Change and Constraints on Energy Policy and Practices
October 20, 2009

12. Norman R. Augustine
Princeton University & Lockheed Martin
Science And Public Policy Who Cares?
October 8, 2008

11. John M. Deutch
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Energy Security
January 19, 2007

10. Charles M. Vest
President Emeritus and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Science, Technology, Ethics, and Public Decision Making
October 9, 2006

9. Sheila E. Widnall
Institute Professor and Professor of Aeronautics and
Astronautics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Columbia Accident: Lessons Learned
April 21, 2004

8. Ernest Moniz
Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nuclear Power: When You Find Yourself in a Hole, Stop Digging
January 27, 2003

7. Harold Varmus
Nobel Laureate and President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and
Former Director of the National Institutes of Health
Globalizing Science
April 1, 2002

6. Lawrence Krauss
Ambrose Swasey Professor of Phsics Case Western Reserve University and
Author of The Physics of Star Trek
Science, Non-Science, and Nonsense: From Aliens to Creationism
March 19, 2001

5. Robert L. Park
Professor of Physics and Director of the American Physical Society
Placebos Have Side Effects
October 11, 1999

4. Leon M. Lederman
Nobel Laureate and Director Emeritus of Fermi National Laboratory
Oh no! Not Another Effort at Science Education Reform
November 3, 1998

3. James Randi
The Amazing Randi
Science and the Chimera
September 29, 1997

2. Neal F. Lane
Director National Science Foundation
Secrets of Scientific Success
November 13, 1996

1. Nils L. Muench
Executive Director of Research General Motors Research Laboratories
Should a Physicist Stick to Physics?
November 6, 1995