Cheltenham High School Hall of Fame

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David  Saxon

class of 1937
inducted in 1987

David Saxon

President and Professor Emeritus,
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.