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Harry Charles Kelly

university administrator.

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.


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.

Thomas A. Kelly

Josephine Magdalene (Reilly) Kelly

Irene E. Andes

Henry C. Kelly

William T. Teaching fellow Lehigh University Kelly

1931-1933 Kelly