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Robert Romer 1952

Robert Romer was interviewed by Hugh Hawkins and John Servos on March 12, 2010.  Excerpts from the interview are below.  Copies of the interview on DVD are in the open stack video collection of the Frost Library for borrowing, and are available for viewing in Archives and Special Collections or for purchase on request.

Robert H. Romer, Class of 1952, Professor Emeritus of Physics, began teaching at Amherst in 1955.  His interest was low temperature research and nuclear resonance in liquid helium-3.  In 1969 Romer, who had been a civil rights activist, spent a year teaching at Voorhees College.  He served as editor of The American Journal of Physics for thirteen years before retiring from the Amherst faculty in 2001.  His book Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts was published in 2009.

Hugh D. Hawkins was the Anson D. Moore Professor of History and American Studies upon his retirement from the faculty in 2000 after forty-three years of teaching at Amherst.  In 1976 he was the principal architect of the first-year introduction to Liberal Studies curriculum and helped build both the history and American studies departments.

John Servos is currently the Anson D. Moore Professor of History.   He teaches survey courses on the history of Western medicine, the history of science, and the history of science in America.  He is a regular participant in the First-Year Seminar and author of Physical Chemistry from Ostwald to Pauling.

  • Romer talks about why he enrolled at Amherst:

 

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  • Romer describes his social activism during  the 1960s:

 

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  • Romer talks about teaching physics:

 

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  • Romer describes the low-temperature physics program at Amherst:

 

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