Robert T. Poe Memorial Endowed Fund


Physics and Astronomy Dept D01057


Graduate Student Support

History and Purpose:

According to colleagues, "Robert Ta-pang Poe was a renowned research scientist, a dedicated teacher, and a devoted citizen." Born in China in 1935, he completed his primary education in China and Taiwan, coming to Minnesota for his undergraduate work in 1953. He earned his PhD in theoretical atomic physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1963. In 1964, Dr. Poe joined the Physics Department at the University of California, Riverside and served as chair from 1976-1981. He established and served as the director of the Energy Sciences Program at Riverside. Dr. Poe was instrumental in the field of physics, doing research in areas such as atomic and nuclear scattering, energy sciences, and elementary particle physics. He served as a science adviser to both the U.S. and Chinese governments.

Genuinely interested in his students' development, Dr. Poe made himself and his lectures on complex aspects of physics accessible and available to students. He participated in community events, serving on the Riverside Public Utilities Board and initiating the excavation of the Chinatown site in Riverside. In addition, he took great interest in the scientific community in China. In 1984, Dr. Poe's life and work were cut short tragically when at the age of 49, he passed away.

Dr. Poe's colleagues write, "Poe's many friends and colleagues will miss his great enthusiasm in approaching problems, his sparkling and lucid lectures, his diversity of interests, his sound scientific judgment and advice, his selflessness and helpfulness, his grace and humor, and his warm friendship."

Robert T. Poe dedicated his life to the advancement of science and the education of students in science. The Robert T. Poe Memorial Endowed Fund is in recognition of Dr. Poe's dedication and deep concern for his students. The fund supports graduate fellowships in Physics.

Selection and Guidelines:

This fund will be awarded at the discretion of the Department of Physics.

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