Robert Ambrose Thornton, American educator. Recipient Distinguished Teaching award California State College, 1968; Associate Students Faculty award San Francisco State College, 1959; commendation California Senate, 1978; Rockefeller fellow, 1935-1936. Member American Physics Society, N.A.A.C.P., Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Sigma Nu.
Instructor physics, mathematics Shaw U., 1922-1925. Faculty physics, mathematics Talladega College, 1929-1944. Director basic studies, professor physics U. P.R., 1944-1947.
Associate professor physical science University of Chicago, 1947-1950. Associate professor physics Brandeis U., 1950-1953. Dean Dillard U., 1953-1955.
Dean basic college Fisk U., 1955-1956. Professor physics San Francisco State College, 1956-1963. Dean San Francisco State College (School Natural Sciences), 1963-1967, professor physics, 1967-1982, U. San Francisco, 1967-1977.
Distinguished visiting professor U. District of Columbia, 1980-1982. Participant Einstein Project, 1977. Member Governor California television Advisory Committee, 1964-1974.
Member accrediation committee California Board Education, 1965-1974. Member Statewide Liaison Committee for Natural Sciences, 1965-1969. Member planning committee for program, leadership, structure, theme issues and total activities annual meeting Association Higher Education, 1954-1956.
Member of advisory panel for natural and physical science California Commission Teacher Preparation and Licensing, 1972-1976. Member senior commission Western Association Schools and Colls. for Accrediting Senior Colleges Universities, 1972-1975. Member advising committee Consortium Colleges Universities San Francisco, 1977-1980.
Senior commission representative on accrediting commission Western Association Schools and Colls. for Secondary Schools, 1973-1975. Member panels National Science Foundation.
Co-author: Introduction to the Physical Sciences, 1937, Course in The Physical Sciences, 3 vols, 1949, Problems in Physics, 1949. Regent St. Ignatius College Preparatory, 1972-1978. Member of advisory board Schools of Sacred Heart, 1972-1979.
Lecturer Fromm Institute Continuing Education, since 1976. Member Senior Citizens Committee San Francisco, 1978-1980. Member engineering advisory board California State University, San Francisco, 1969-1978.