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Gaylord P. Harnwell

educator , business executive.

Gaylord P. Harnwell, educator, business executive. Awarded medal for Merit; Distinguished Public Service award Department Navy; honorary commander Order British Empire; commander National Order Republic Ivory Coast.


Harnwell, Gaylord P. was born on September 29, 1903 in Evanston, Illinois, United States. Son of Frederick William and Anna Jane (Wilcox) Harnwell.


Bachelor of Science, Haverford College, 1924. Student Cambridge U. (England), 1924-1925. Master of Arts, Princeton, Doctor of Philosophy., 1927, Doctor of Laws, 1955.

Doctor of Laws, University Pennsylvania, 1953, Ursinus College, 1954, Dropsie College, 1955, U. Pittsburgh and Columbia University, 1957. Doctor of Science, Temple University, Haverford College, Hahnemann Medical College, 1954, Franklin and Marshall College, 1956, University of Southern California, 1959, Drexel Institute, 1961. Doctor of Laws, Washington College, 1957, Northwestern University, 1958.

Brown U., 1959, Swarthmore, 1959, College William and Mary, 1960, Duke, St. Andrews (Scotland), 1963, University of California at Los Angeles, Occidental College, 1964, Harvard, 1965, Hahnemann Medical College, Yale, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy., Pahlavi U. (Iran), 1970. Pd.D., LaSalle College, 1957.

C.L.D., The Division School in Philadelphia, 1957. Sc.Ped.D., Elizabethtown College, 1959. Doctor of Humane Letters, Wilkes College, 1965, Jewish Theological Seminary American, 1965, Yeshiva U., 1966, Loyola University Chicago, 1970.

A.H.D., St. Joseph’s College, 1969.


National Research Council fellow California Institute Technology, 1927-1928, Princeton, 1928-1929. Assistant professor physics Princeton, 1929-1936, associate professor, 1936-1938. Professor physics, department chairman and director Randal Morgan Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, 1938-1953, president, professor physics, 1953-1970, president emeritus, 1970-1982, emeritus University professor physics, 1974-1982.

Leave absence, 1942-1946, to act as director University of California div. war research, United States Navy Radio and Sound Laboratory, San Diego. Past director Rorer-Amchem Company, 1st Pennsylvania Bank, New York Stock Exchange, Penn Central Company Chairman of the Board emeritus West Philadelphia Corporation Board of directors University City Science Center. Board of managers emeritus Haverford College.

Trustee, chairman Philadelphia committee United World Colls., 1974-1977. Chairman American Council on Education, 1959-1960.


  • Author: Principles of Electricity and Electromagnetism, 1929. Experimental Atomic Physics (with John Jay Livingood), 1939. Atomic Physics (with W.E. Stephens) 1955.

    Russian Diary, 1960

  • Educational Voyaging in Iran, 1962. (with G.J.F. Legge) Physics: Matter, Energy, and the Universe, 1967.


Fellow Royal Society Edinburgh (honorary), American Physical Society, Accoustical Society. Member American Philosophical Society, Sigma Xi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Pi Sigma, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Phi Omega. Club: Merion Cricket (Philadelphia).

Cons. editor, International Series in Physics, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1946-1953.


Married Mary Louise Rowland, June 18, 1927. Children: Mary Jane Wallace, Ann Wheeler Ashmead, Robert Gaylord.

Frederick William Harnwell

Anna Jane (Wilcox) Harnwell

Mary Louise Rowland

Mary Jane Wallace Harnwell

Ann Wheeler Ashmead Harnwell

Robert Gaylord Harnwell