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Memoir

Ernest F. Barker
Regents' Proceedings 1140

Ernest Franklin Barker, having reached the age of seventy years March 16, 1956, has become eligible for retirement under the provisions of our Bylaws.

Professor Barker earned the B.S. degree from the University of Rochester in 1908; the M.A. in 1913 and the Ph.D. in 1915 from the University of Michigan. He taught physics at East High School, Rochester, New York, from 1908 to 1911, was Instructor in Mathematics for the next two years at the University of Rochester, and Assistant in Mathematics from 1913 to 1914 at the University of Michigan.

After holding the post of Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, from 1915 to 1919, he was appointed National Research Fellow for three years at the University of Michigan. From 1922 to 1931, he rose from Assistant Professor of Physics to Professor. In 1941 he was named Chairman of the Department of Physics, a position he held until 1955.

Under his leadership the Department continued its highly enviable reputation and added further distinction to its fame as a center for research in nuclear physics.

A Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he has been Consultant to the Argonne National Laboratory since 1950, having served as a council member since 1946.

In addition to his other administrative tasks, he served as President of the Research Club and as a member of the Executive Board of the Graduate School, of the Engineering Research Administrative Committee, and on the Executive Committee of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

The Regents of the University of Michigan extend to Professor Barker their sincere thanks for his thirty-four years of loyal and conscientious service, and confer upon him the title of Professor Emeritus of Physics and invite him to enjoy the courtesies that customarily are shown to emeritus members of the faculty.