Portrait of Astin

'Dr. Astin became Director of the National Bureau of Standards [NBS] after 22 years as a physicist and administrator within the Bureau. Born in Salt Lake City, he received his A.B. at the University of Utah, his M.S. at New York University, and his Ph.D. at Lehigh University; the last-named in 1928. His honorary Sc.D. was also awarded by Lehigh, in 1953.
Dr. Astin was successively a Teaching Fellow at New York University, and a National Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins University, prior to joining the Bureau in 1930. There, he was successively a Research Associate, Associate Physicist, Physicist, Senior Physicist, Assistant Chief of Ordnance and Electronics Division, and Chief of Electronics Division. He became Associate Director of the Bureau in 1951, and Director in 1952. As a physicist, his specialities have been in the areas of dielectric constants and power factors of liquid; electronic instruments and ordnance; electrical measurements; proximity fuses; guided misiles. Dr. Astin's honors include the Presidential Certificate of Merit and the King's Medal of the United Kingdom. He [was] a Fellow of the American Physical Society [APS], of the Institute of Radio Engineers [IRE], and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS]. He in an Honorary Member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences [now AIAA], the Armed Forces Communications Association [now AFCEA], and the Washington Academy of Sciences. He belong[ed] to several scientific societies and [was] a member of Sigma Si and Phi Kappa Phi.', Credit Line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Abstract/Description: 'Dr. Astin became Director of the National Bureau of Standards [NBS] after 22 years as a physicist and administrator within the Bureau. Born in Salt Lake City, he received his A.B. at the University of Utah, his M.S. at New York University, and his Ph.D. at Lehigh University; the last-named in 1928. His honorary Sc.D. was also awarded by Lehigh, in 1953. Dr. Astin was successively a Teaching Fellow at New York University, and a National Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins University, prior to joining the Bureau in 1930. There, he was successively a Research Associate, Associate Physicist, Physicist, Senior Physicist, Assistant Chief of Ordnance and Electronics Division, and Chief of Electronics Division. He became Associate Director of the Bureau in 1951, and Director in 1952. As a physicist, his specialities have been in the areas of dielectric constants and power factors of liquid; electronic instruments and ordnance; electrical measurements; proximity fuses; guided misiles. Dr. Astin's honors include the Presidential Certificate of Merit and the King's Medal of the United Kingdom. He [was] a Fellow of the American Physical Society [APS], of the Institute of Radio Engineers [IRE], and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS]. He in an Honorary Member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences [now AIAA], the Armed Forces Communications Association [now AFCEA], and the Washington Academy of Sciences. He belong[ed] to several scientific societies and [was] a member of Sigma Si and Phi Kappa Phi.'
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Astin, Allen Varley, 1904-1984
Credit Line: AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Physics Today Collection
Catalog ID: Astin Allen A3