Physicist Robert Reynolds named to Brauer ChairRobert Reynolds, professor of physics and a member of the Reed faculty since 1963, has been named the first David W. Brauer Professor of Physics. The chair was recently endowed by David Brauer, a 1983 graduate in physics.
Brauer, co-founder of the Japanese-based semiconductor company Paltek, wrote to Reynolds upon hearing of the appointment: "You probably join a very select class of profs holding chairs endowed by their own students. You probably won't bring it up often, but on those occasions when it is appropriate to mention the chair, please tell how it came to be. Tell your students and future colleagues about one of your students who felt so strongly about Reed and the physics department as to use his first major act of philanthropy to endow the chair. I hope it will encourage you and your colleagues in the work of setting young people off on their life roads."
A Texas native, Reynolds earned a Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 1961 and was in active service in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1963. He has served as acting dean of students at Reed, as software consultant and developer for Digital Vision, Inc., and as visiting professor of oceanography at Oregon State University. In addition to his teaching and research, Reynolds finds time for his poetry, motorcycle touring, and his interest in subway maps (see http://www.reed. edu/~reyn/transport.html, a site that has garnered some international recognition).