Kelvin Gideon Lynn
1948 – 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce our dear friend, mentor, and colleague, Kelvin Lynn, passed away in early January.
Kelvin leaves a remarkable and formidable legacy spanning five decades of scientific achievement, guidance and training of students, and administrative leadership in his field and at WSU, including as director of the Institute of Materials Research. Our department and our community have benefited in countless ways from Kelvin’s steady presence, guidance, and leadership.
Professor and Chair
The Department of Physics and Astronomy invites you to join in our 100th anniversary celebration, featuring a year of special events, including our Distinguished Colloquium Series and tributes to some of the department’s most legendary educators, innovators, and discoverers.
For a full century, WSU physicists have been at the forefront of scientific achievement and advancing understanding of the universe. From the development of ultra-high vacuum technology to the recent detection of gravitational waves from distant galaxies, our faculty, students, and researchers have made many critical contributions to progress in diverse arenas. The foundational work of WSU physicists and astronomers has led to a rich blossoming of further research and advancements in science, industry, energy, medicine, food production, security, transportation, and more.
With our strong history to build upon, imagine what we will do in the next 100 years!
Vanguard in theoretical physics
Pioneer in shock physics
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Exploring Laws of the Universe
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University is built around a small but highly productive faculty whose research expertise provides students a wide variety of research experiences. The highly-rigorous undergraduate program prepares graduates to be competitive in top graduate programs or for employment. The PhD program and the thesis Master’s degree blend demanding coursework with cutting-edge research to prepare graduates for jobs in academia, industry, and government labs. Our programs emphasize core academic competency and research excellence.