Slichter Hall History

Opened: 1947

Charles S. Slichter

Charles S. Slichter received a B.S. Degree in 1885 and an M.S. degree a year later at Northwestern University. In 1916 he was awarded the honorary degree Sc. D by his Alma Mater.

During his 48 years at the University of Wisconsin he became successively assistant Professor of Mathematics, Professor of Applied Mathematics and finally in 1921, Dean of the Graduate School. He served in this latter capacity until 1934, when he was given an emeritus rank by the Board of Regents. He spent the remaining years of his life on his lovely estate across the lake, near the former Bernard's Park. These latter years were spent reading, studying, writing and reflecting upon the many productive years he spent on the faculty and the splendid contributions he made to his chosen field.

He served the government in a number of capacities. He was a consulting engineer of the United States Geological Survey and engineer in charge of investigating the movement of underground waters for the U.S. Reclamation Service. He was a member of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, of which he was president for three years, and also of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Society of America. To the literature of his field he contributed numerous monographs, treatises and textbooks.

During World War I he was appointed chairman of the War Research Committee, to foster at the University such research work as might have direct hearing upon the war. In May and June, 1917 he raised from private sources about $8,000 for this work. Professor Max Mason and a group of Wisconsin workers at once began work upon the submarine problem.

In 1939 there was published by the University of Wisconsin Press "Science in a Tavern," a collection of essays and addresses written by Dean Slichter over a period of 25 years or so. The lead-off essays in the book dealt with the delightful meetings of statesmen and men of science in selected taverns during the 17th and 18th centuries in England. Later chapters in the book went into the discussion of the development of science itself.

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