Guide to the Papers of Allen L. King, 1863 - 2003Manuscript MS-1032

Biography

Allen L. King, born 1910, Dartmouth College physics professor from 1942 to 1975 and recipient of an honorary Dartmouth Master's Degree in 1948. He received his Bachelor's Degree in chemistry in 1932 and his Master's Degree in physics in 1933 , both from the University of Rochester, and acted as a teaching assistant, research fellow, and instructor there until gaining a teaching position at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which he assumed from 1937 to 1942. King is the author of several scientific publications, including several on biophysics, as well as the textbook "Thermodynamics." From 1946 to 1956, he served as a consultant to the Behr-Manning Company. At Dartmouth, King was the director of the Physics Department's comprehensive examination and Advanced Placement Program and was chairman of the department from 1955 to 1957. He also directed the Dartmouth College Apparatus Shop, assembling and exhibiting Dartmouth's collection of clocks and historical scientific apparatus. He served as project director of the Northern New England Academy of Science from 1958 to 1964, supervising its Visiting Scientists Program and Conference Workshops for teachers at secondary schools, and also was the New Hampshire Regional Councilor in Physics for the American Institute of Physics and American Association of Physics Teachers. An active "Upper Valley" resident, King was also president and treasurer of the Hanover Co-Op Food Store, helped to organize the Upper Valley Community Credit Union and Upper Valley Land Trust, and was chairman of Hanover's conservation commission and historical society.

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