Arthur Holly Compton


Dr. Compton's association with the University began when he was appointed Wayman Crow Professor of Physics and Chairman of the Physics Department in 1919. During his four years as a faculty member Dr. Compton did the experimental work which resulted in the award of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1927), being the first Washington University faculty member to be so honored. In 1923 Dr. Compton left Washington University to join the faculty of the University of Chicago, and he returned to Washington University in 1945 to serve as Chancellor.

During his eight years as Chancellor, Dr. Compton brought many outstanding faculty members to the University, particularly in the sciences, and in so doing began Washington University's rise to national prominence.

To the right is a graphic depiction of The Compton Effect for which Dr. Compton received the Nobel Prize.