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Arnim D. Hummel

Dr. Arnim D. Hummel was a leader in establishing the science program at Eastern Kentucky University from 1929 to 1947.  He served as head of the Department of Physics and Chair of the Science Division.

After earning his baccalaureate degree from Knox College, he attended the University of Illinois, where he was awarded the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Prior to his appointment at EKU, he taught at the University of Illinois and worked at General Electric's research laboratory.

Dr. Hummel joined the Eastern faculty in 1929 and was the first head of the Department of Physics. He was known as a “patient and inspirational teacher of Physics and Astronomy.”  During his 18 years at EKU, he was a leader in creating and expanding the science program.  He took on additional responsibilities when he became Chair of the Science Division and took a leadership role in the development of the biology and chemistry departments.

While at Eastern, he took leave to serve as an officer in the US Navy during World War II.  Much of his wartime service involved research in the radiation laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was instrumental in the development of a radar-activated aerial fuse that was effective against hostile aircraft.

He was a member of many honorary and professional societies including: Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Society.  He was Vice President of the American Association of Physics Teachers.  He was listed in American Men of Science, Leaders in American Science, and Who’s Who in American Education.

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