Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the G. King Walters academic service papers, 1954-2006 UA 295



creator Walters, G. King
Title: G. King Walters academic service at Rice University papers
Dates: 1954-2006
Abstract: The G. King Walters academic service papers represent Walters' participation on committees and task forces at Rice University. Walters graduated from Rice Institute in 1953 with a degree in physics. He was hired by Rice as a Physics professor in 1963. Walters remained at Rice through retirement in 1999 and beyond, advancing through the professorial ranks to chairman of the physics department, assistant dean of natural sciences, and dean of natural sciences.
Identification: UA 295
Quantity: 1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1931, G. King Walters moved to Houston at the age of 5, attended public schools, graduating from San Jacinto High School in 1949. Matriculating at Rice University in 1949, he majored in physics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi in 1952. After graduating with honors in 1953, he went to Duke University, where he earned his doctorate in physics in 1956. He remained at Duke until 1957 as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. Between 1957 and 1963, when he was hired by Rice, he distinguished himself as a research scientist with Texas Instruments in Dallas. Walters remained at Rice through retirement in 1999 and beyond, advancing through the professorial ranks to chairman of the physics department, assistant dean of natural sciences, and dean of natural sciences.

Walters’ areas of specialization were atomic, molecular, and condensed matter physics. In the 70’s he conducted pioneering work on excimer lasers that came to be widely used to print semiconductor chips. Experiments he designed and conducted using an atomic accelerator in the now gone Bonner Nuclear Laboratory at Rice formed the basis for very sensitive devices called magnetic anomaly detectors. This technology was used by the U.S. military to detect Soviet nuclear submarines. The devices were also used in space exploration vehicles. In the 80’s some of Walters’ research, sponsored by the Department of Energy and the Houston-based Robert A. Welch Foundation, included studies of the physics of high-power lasers for possible application in power generation by laser fusion, and investigations of solid surfaces important in industrial catalysis. Subsequent research of his has found practical application as an improved MRI device, which can image the lungs when a patient breathes in polarized helium or xenon gas.

In 1977-78 Walters was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which was followed soon after by his election to Fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In addition to authoring a wide range of publications, he has provided editorial leadership for the Journal of Geophysical Research, Case Studies in Atomic Physics, and Reviews of Modern Physics. He served as an elected member of the governing council of the American Physical Society as well as in other positions in national scientific organizations.

In addition to serving as a highly regarded teacher and directing 29 doctoral students, King Walters participated very actively in the structural operations of Rice. His committee work included the Athletic Review Committee and the Faculty Advisory Committee on Retirement. He was a member of three important search committees, for university president in 1984-85, for provost in 1993-94, and for librarian in 1995-96.

A distinctive honor Walters received at the end of his career was the establishment of a one million dollar endowed fund in his name. He directed that awards made from the fund annually are to be used for research innovation in the Rice department of physics.


Scope and Contents

The G. King Walters academic service papers represent Walters' participation on committees and task forces at Rice University. Walters graduated from Rice Institute in 1953 with a degree in physics. He was hired by Rice as a Physics professor in 1963. Walters remained at Rice through retirement in 1999 and beyond, advancing through the professorial ranks to chairman of the physics department, assistant dean of natural sciences, and dean of natural sciences.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is restricted and requires permission of the Head of the Woodson Research Center for access.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

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Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center.


Index Terms

reports
minutes (administrative records)
letters (correspondence)
notes
Rice University

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

G. King Walters academic service papers, 1954-2006, UA 295, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This material was transferred from the office of Walters in 2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Presidential Search Committee 1984-1985

Box Folder
1 1 Presidential Search Committee: Miscellaneous Correspondence 1984-1985
2 Presidential Search Committee: General Information 1984-1985
3 Presidential Search Committee: Press Release 1984-1985



Award Nominations 2005-2006

Box Folder
1 4 Ronald Sass- Gold Medal Nomination 2005
5 Jim Newman- Distinguished Alumni Nomination 2005
6 Norman G. Einspruch- Rice University Distinguished Alumni Nomination 2005
7 Norman G. Einspruch- Highland Park High School Distinguished Alumni 2005
8 Randall G. Hulet 2006



Ad Hoc Faculty Advisory Committee on Retirement 1998

Box Folder
1 9 Report of Ad Hoc Faculty Advisory Committee on Retirement 1998
10 Retirement Committee 1998



Athletic Review Committee 1992-1994

Box Folder
1 11 Athletic Review Committee 1992
12 Athletic Admissions Procedure Changes 1994
14 Athletic Review Committee Minutes and Correspondence 1992-1994
13 Athletic Review Committee Reports 1992-1994



Harold E. Rorschach Memorial Lecture 1995-2006

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1 15 Harold E. Rorschach Memorial Lecture 1995-2006
16 Nils Muench- Rice University Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination 1996
17 The Inaugural Harold E. Rorschach, Jr. Memorial Lecture 1995



Search Committees 1993-1996

Box Folder
1 18 Provost Search 1993-1994
19 Librarian Search 1995-1996



Task Force 1969-1977

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1 20 1969 Statement to the Rice Board 1969
21 Task Force on Consolidation and Enhancement 1976
22 Task Force on Consolidation and Enhancement 1977



General Correspondence

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1 23 The Cornerstone Article on Professor Harold A. Wilson 2002
24 Physics Equipment by Arthur D. Little, Inc. 1954
25 Natural Science Minor 1988
26 Qimiao Si- Welch Foundation 2005
27 King Walters Research Innovation Fund 1999-2005
28 Worden Chair for Physics 1994