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Memoir

Robert S. Tickle
Regents' Proceedings 365

Robert S. Tickle, Ph.D., professor of physics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1999.

Professor Tickle received his B.S. degree from the U.S. Military Academy in 1952 and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia in 1958 and 1960, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan Department of Physics as an instructor in 1960. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1961, associate professor in 1964, and professor in 1968.

During the early 1960s, Professor Tickle was a major contributor to the design and construction of the University's sector-focused cyclotron located on the North Campus. After completion of the cyclotron and its associated magnetic analysis system, he was among the first to conduct high-resolution experimental studies of light-ion induced nuclear reactions in the lead region of the periodic table. The results were instrumental in establishing the shell structure of nuclei in the region. He later developed a heavy-ion detection system to study two proton transfer reactions at the Indiana University Cyclotron Facility, where he also served on the User's Group Executive Committee.

Professor Tickle chaired the User's Group Executive Committee at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Facility. In collaboration with its faculty, he was a principal in the development of the first CCD camera system used to record streamer chamber experiments, including the associated automated computer analysis software. At the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory he was a leading collaborator in a series of streamer chamber experiments that used heavy-ion induced nuclear reactions to study the nuclear equation of state. Throughout his 39-year career at the University, Professor Tickle maintained a strong interest in teaching at the undergraduate level, especially the large introductory physics courses. Popular with students and regarded as an excellent teacher, he was particularly fond of teaching the calculus-based introductory electricity and magnetism course, which he taught for many years. He was the recipient of several teaching awards and served in the physics department as the associate chair for the undergraduate program.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Robert S. Tickle professor emeritus of physics.