Richard “Dick” Davisson in the courtyard outside the physics building
at the University of Washington (2000 or 2001).
Image courtesy of Christophe Verlinde.
I have been lucky to know a lot of talented scientists while I was working my way through school. One of my very good friends (and drinking pals), physicist Richard (Dick) Davisson, was the son of Nobelist, Clinton Davisson, who won the Nobel prize in Physics in 1937. Interestingly, his maternal uncle, Sir Owen Willans Richardson, was also a Nobel prize winner in Physics (1928). Sadly for all of us who knew and loved him, Dick died in 2004 — much too early for all of us! At that time, I’d been working on my postdoc in NYC for nearly two years and unfortunately, unemployment was rapidly approaching, so I was unable to return to Seattle to attend his memorial service. But I learned today that some of my Seattle grad school friends have been writing a Wiki about him. It is an unconventional tribute to an unconventional man.
And for those who wish to read a little more about him, here’s his obituary.