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Notable Faculty

F.W. Bardwell

The Case of the Gallant Professor

August 17, 1878

Mathmatics and astronomy professor F. W. Bardwell dies at 46. During the Civil War Bardwell, a white officer, was a member of the 3rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment.

Breaking With The Past

September 10, 1902

Carl L. Becker, author of the much-reprinted essay “Kansas” and one of the central figures in the development of the nature of historical inquiry, begins teaching his first European history class at the University of Kansas.

Natural Observer

April 1, 1874

The Observer of Nature, KU’s first serious student publication, issues its premiere edition.

It’s All In The Delivery

October 17, 1984

More than 200 “internationally known scientists from Europe, Japan and the U.S” descend on the Lawrence Holiday Inn Holidome for a symposium on “Directed Drug Delivery” held in honor of KU professor Takeru Higuchi, the “father of physical pharmacy.”

“Just What We Need”

May 21, 1959

KU speech clinician Dick Schiefelbusch presents preliminary research indicating that children with profound mental retardation can learn.

Water On The Brain

February 23, 1895

KU physics and engineering professor, Lucien I. Blake, successfully transmits the first long distance ship-to-shore message using underwater wireless technology.

Northern Exposure

July 7, 1894

KU’s Lewis Lindsay Dyche leaves New York as official naturalist on the ill-starred Cook expedition to the North Pole.

Say You Want An Evolution

January 30, 1894

KU Chancellor Francis H. Snow announces that he will give a series of University Extension lectures on evolution, a move that provokes much criticism from local religious leaders.

“Nothing Like It In The World”

May 1, 1893

The Panorama of North American Mammals, a version of which is now located in the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in Dyche Hall, debuts as the centerpiece of the Kansas pavilion at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Eight Is Enough

April 2, 1890

Eight KU professors establish the University’s chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society, the first west of the Mississippi and the 31st nationwide.