Hiram College
Lawrence C. Becker, Ph.D. Photo

Lawrence C. Becker, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Yale University
M.S., Yale University
B.D., Yale Divinity School
B.A., Carleton College

Present Positions

  • Professor of Physics and Physics Department Chair, Hiram College, Hiram, OH, September – May.
  • Systems Engineer, GEOCOMP Corp., Boxborough, MA, June – August.
  • Consultant, GEOCOMP Corp., Boxborough, MA, September – May.


  • B.A., Physics, Magna Cum Laude, Carleton College, 1956.
  • B.D., Yale Divinity School, 1959.
  • M.S., Physics, Yale University, 1960.
  • Ph.D., Low Energy Nuclear Physics, Yale University, 1964.

College Professor

  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Hiram College, 1963-1970.
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Hiram College, 1970-1981.
  • Professor of Physics, Hiram College, 1981-present.
  • Department Chairman, 1965-1967 and 1973-present.

Research Participant

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory, summers, 1964 and 1965, low energy nuclear physics.
  • Case Western Reserve University, summers, 1966 and 1967, Mössbauer spectroscopy.
  • NASA Lewis Research Center, summers, 1970 and 1971, Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Research Physicist

  • NASA Lewis Research Center, sabbatical leave 1969-1970, Mössbauer spectroscopy.

Consultant and Contract Work

  • Heidelberg College, Ohio, evaluation of the Department of Physics, Fall, 1971
  • Maryville College, Ohio, evaluation of the Department of Physics, Spring, 1973.
  • Ohio Scientific (also M/A-Com OSI and ISOTRON), Ohio and Massachusetts, software development and technical writing (user manuals), summers, 1980-1983.
  • Technical Education Research Centers, Massachusetts, development of low cost data acquisition system, sabbatical leave, 1982-1983
  • GCA Corp., Massachusetts, technical writing, product retrofit manuals, summer, 1986.
  • Otterbein College, Ohio, evaluation of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Spring, 1994.
  • GEOCOMP Corp., Massachusetts, data acquisition product development, hardware and software, summers, 1984, 1985; computer automated soil testing product development and production, hardware (electronics), summers, 1987-present

Administrative Experience

  • Physics Department Chair, 1965-1967 and 1973-present.
  • Radiation Safety Officer, Hiram College, 1971-present.
  • Chair, Hiram College Senate Subcommittee on New Course Proposals, 1972-1974 (the first two years of its existence).
  • Director, Liberal Studies Program, 1976 and 1977, (then Hiram’s program for providing educational breadth).
  • Chair, Student Life Committee, 1980-1982.
  • Extensive involvement in planning and participating in major curriculum changes at Hiram College including revision of the Physics Major from traditional to an Applied Physics Major.

Courses Taught

  • All levels of Introductory Physics.
  • Modern Physics.
  • Mechanics.
  • Nuclear Physics.
  • Electricity and Magnetism.
  • Quantum Mechanics.
  • Perceptions of the Cosmos (physics and philosophy).
  • Energy Resources for the Future.
  • Introduction to Microprocessors.
  • Numerous undergraduate independent study and independent research projects in Mössbauer spectroscopy, positron annihilation, x-ray fluorescence, mass spectroscopy, neutron activation and holography.

Lectures Given

  • A talk on Mössbauer spectroscopy, Oberlin College (Ohio), 1966.
  • Two multimedia talks to Hiram’s freshman class as a part of their required general studies course, the first concerning developments in modern physics, the second concerning Einstein’s special theory of relativity, 1971 and 1972.
  • A talk on historical and philosophical perspectives of physics at Thiel College (Pennsylvania), 1974.
  • Opening address on the energy predicament for the Hiram Energy Symposium, fall, 1977.
  • Talk on the Big Bang theory given to the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, spring, 1977.
  • Presentation at Hiram College of low cost multi-station data acquisition system for educational use developed while on 1982-1983 sabbatical leave at TERC, Cambridge, MA., spring, 1983.
  • Numerous lecture-display presentations of laser light and holography to high school groups visiting Hiram campus, local civic groups, area high schools, and physics department seminars at other colleges and universities, 1971-present.
  • Multimedia presentation entitled The Spirit of Science@ given at the Employee Recognition Convocation at Hiram College on November 10, 1998.
  • Lecture entitled The Cosmic Connection@ given at Hiram College May 8, 2000. Was elected by Hiram College students to give this lecture as a part of the Last Lecture@ program.

Professional Societies

  • American Physical Society.
  • American Association of Physics Teachers.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science.


  • Elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa while at Carleton College, spring, 1956.
  • Elected to membership in Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), spring, 1969.
  • Charter member of the Hiram Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa established spring, 1971, and served as president of the Hiram Chapter 1972-1973.
  • Selected for membership in the Garfield Society (a society at Hiram College for honoring people of outstanding achievement in their fields), fall, 1981.


  • “Analysis of Alpha Particle Elastic Scattering Experiments,” Phys. Rev. 117, 1337 (1960). Coauthor with J. A. McIntyre and K. H. Wang.
  • “Notes on the Uniformity of Commercial Foils,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. 21 198 (1963). Coauthor with G. K. Tandon, F. C. Jobes, J. A. McIntyre, T. S. Watts.
  • “A System for the Simultaneous Detection of Twenty Positron-Emitting Sources,” Nucl. Instr. and Meth. 21, 304 (1963). Coauthor with F. C. Jobes and J. A. McIntyre.
  • “Neutron Transfer in the 14N(14N,13N)15N reaction,” Proc. of the Third Conference on Reactions Between Complex Nuclei, ed.A. Chiorse, R. M. Diamond, N. E. Conzett, (1963). Coauthor with F. C. Jobes and J. A. McIntyre.
  • A Study of the 14N(14N,13N)15N Reaction at Energies Below the Coulomb Barrier, (Ph.D. thesis). University Microfilms, Inc.
  • “Determination of Neutron Reduced Widths by the 14N(14N,13N)15N Reaction,” Phys. Rev. 138, B339 (1965). Publication based on thesis.
  • “Deuteron Elastic Scattering at 34.4 +-0.2 MeV,” Abstracted in Bull. Am. Phys. Soc. 11, 44 (1966). Paper presented at the 1966 Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society.
  • “Deuteron Elastic Scattering at 34.4 MeV,” Nuclear Physics A100, 225 (1967). Coauthor with E. Newman, B. M. Preedom, and J. C. Hiebert.
  • “A College Teacher Reflects on an NSF Research Participation Project,” lead article in the American Institute of Physics Educational Newsletter, Vol. XI, No. 2, February, 1968.
  • Review of The Relevance of Physics by S. Jaki and Science and Faith by E. Rust, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. VIII, No. 2, 1969.
  • “Amorphous Magnetism in F.C.C. Vicalloy II,” NASA RM X-68127 (1971).
  • C1P and C1P MF Introductory Manual, Ohio Scientific, 1981.
  • C4P DF Introductory Manual, Ohio Scientific, 1981.
  • C4P MF Introductory Manual, Ohio Scientific, 1981.
  • C8P DF Introductory Manual, Ohio Scientific, 1981.
  • CA-24 Solderless Prototyping Board Experimenter’s Manual, Ohio Scientific, 1981.
  • KEYCALC User Guide, ISOTRON, 1984.