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Martin D. Whitaker

university president.

Martin D. Whitaker, American university president.


Whitaker, Martin D. was born on June 29, 1902 in Ellenboro, North Carolina, United States. Son of Volney O. and Florence (Bridges) Whitaker.


Bachelor of Arts, Wake Forest College, 1927, Doctor of Science, 1947. Master of Arts, University of North Carolina, 1930. Doctor of Philosophy., New York University, 1935.

Doctor of Laws, Lafayette College, 1946, Rutgers University, 1948. Doctor of Science, Moravian College, 1947.


Teacher, Elisabeth City (North Carolina) High School, 1925-1928. Instructor University of North Carolina, 1928-1930. Physics department New York University, 1930-1942, resigned as acting chairman of department.

Joined University of Chicago atomic bomb project, 1942, director Clinton laboratories, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, 1943-1945. Continued as director under Monsanto Chemical Company to 1946. President Lehigh University, since 1946.


Member Pennsylvania State Planning Board. Member board trustees St. Lukes Hospital, The American University of Beirut. Fellow American Physical Society.

Member of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Engineering Education, Newcomen Society of England, Pennsylvania Association Collegs and Universities (president 1951), Sigma Xi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi. Clubs: Bethlehem.


Married Helen Williams, December 27, 1930. Children: Ella Margaret, Catherine Helen.

Volney O. Whitaker

Florence (Bridges) Whitaker

Helen Williams

Ella Margaret Whitaker

Catherine Helen Whitaker