Department History

Physics at Arkansas

In the early 1990's the late Professor Paul Sharrah undertook the monumental task of recording the history of the Department. He was uniquely qualified for this task because he had witnessed first-hand the events unfold before him for over half-a-century, and he had heard the first-hand accounts of the events before 1942 from his former colleagues. Five years of concentrated effort resulted in the publication of this book in 1996, just a few weeks before his death.

An updated version of the history covering the first one hundred years is planned for the future.

If you would like a hardcopy of the book, the Physics Department still has several copies of Dr. Sharrah's book available. If you would like a free copy, please email the Physics Department at Otherwise, see below for electronic excerpts of selected chapters.

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Physics Ph.D. Program

The Physics department celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Ph.D. program on October 16, 2009 by organizing a symposium and a banquet honoring its emeritus and former faculty members.

Physics Department Centennial, 2007-2008

The Physics department celebrated its 100th anniversary as a collection of events, faculty publications, and pictures were brought together and archived.

Retirement Retrospectives

A collection of talks given by Physics Faculty, as they retire. Professor Raj Gupta's retrospective can be viewed in the internet archive via the link below: