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Harry Charles Kelly

Harry Charles Kelly, American university administrator. Recipient commendation for meritorious civilian service United States Occupation Forces, 1949; Order Sacred Treasure, Japan, 1969; certificate of merit State Department, 1969. Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science; member Physical Society Japan (honorary), Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Kelly, Harry Charles was born on September 3, 1908 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Thomas A. and Josephine Magdalene (Reilly) Kelly.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Lehigh University, 1931, Master of Science, 1933. Doctor of Philosophy., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1936. Doctor of Laws, University Hokkaido (Japan).


    • Teaching fellow Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1933-1936, research associate radiation laboratory, 1942-1945. Research engineer American Thermos Company, Connecticut, 1936-1937. Assistant professor, then associate professor physics Montana State College, 1937-1941.

      Director labs. St. John’s College, Maryland., 1941-1942. Chief science and technical div., special projects unit United States Army Occupation, Japan, 1945-1950. Head science section Office Naval Research, Chicago, 1950-1951.

      Assistant director, head div. science personnel and education National Science Foundation, 1951-1959, associate director, educational and international activities, 1959-1962. Dean faculty North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1962-1967, provost, 1967-1974, vice chancellor, 1971-1974, emeritus, 1974-1976. Co-chairman United States-Japan Committee Science Cooperative, 1961-1969.


    • Author science and educational articles.


    Fellow American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member Physical Society Japan (honorary), Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Irene E. Andes, December 14, 1940. Children: Henry C., William T. Teaching fellow Lehigh University, 1931-1933.
    • father: Thomas A. Kelly
    • mother: Josephine Magdalene (Reilly) Kelly
    • spouse: Irene E. Andes
    • children: Henry C. Kelly
    • William T. Teaching fellow Lehigh University Kelly
    • 1931-1933 Kelly
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    Died February 2, 1976
    (aged 67)