class of 1937
inducted in 1987
President and Professor
University of California
Theoretical physics, nuclear physics,
quantum mechanics and electromagnetic theory are four academic fields in
which Dr. David Saxon, physicist and university educator, has made significant
contributions. After leaving Cheltenham, Saxon earned both his B.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After completing his education, he
became a member of the physics faculty at UCLA, and later became chairperson of
the physics department. In 1975 he was named the fourteenth president of the University of California, where he was responsible for the
University's nine campuses and three national research laboratories. In 1983
he returned to M.I.T. as the Chairman of the Corporation, heading the
Institute's Board of Trustees. Retiring in 1990, he was elected Life Member
and Honorary Chairman of the Corporation.
In addition to his teaching and administrative credentials, Saxon is the
author of Elementary Quantum Mechanics and co-author of three physics
textbooks. He has also contributed articles to various scientific journals.
In addition, he holds several honorary degrees from universities in the United States and abroad. Saxon was a Guggenheim
Fellow in 1956-57 and a Fulbright grantee in 1961-62. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of
Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. Saxon and his wife, Shirley Goodman, currently reside in Los Angeles, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Together they have have six daughters and five grandchildren.