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Robert Ambrose Thornton

educator

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.

Background

Thornton, Robert Ambrose was born on March 6, 1902 in Houston, Texas, United States. Son of Frank and Mary Jane (Sullivan) Thornton.

Education

Graduate (Rockefeller fellow), University of Chicago, 1928-1929. Students Faculty award San Francisco State College, 1959.

Career

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.

Works

  • 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.

Membership

Member American Physics Society, N.A.A.C.P., Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Sigma, Alpha Sigma Nu.

Connections

Married Jessie Lea Bullock, June 4, 1925.

father:
Frank Thornton

mother:
Mary Jane (Sullivan) Thornton

spouse:
Jessie Lea Bullock