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Alfred Msezane

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I don't have till the second coming.

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1938

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Navy Blue
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I don't have till the second coming.

Birthplace

Born:
12/31/1938
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Biography

Research physicist Alfred Z. Msezane was born on December 31, 1938 in South Africa. His father, Albert, was a businessman and his mother, Esther, a housewife. Msezane enrolled in the University of South Africa in 1960, where he studied the shape and behavior of one of the most fundamental particles – the electron. Msezane graduated from the University of South Africa in 1964 with his B.S. degree in physics. Msezane then travelled to Canada to conduct research and study at the University of Saskatchewan in Ontario, Canada, where he received his M.S. degree in physics in 1968. Msezane returned to South Africa for a year to conduct research at the Nuclear Physics Research Unit of Witwaterstrand University. Msezane received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Western Ontario in 1973.

Msezane started his long career as a college professor at the University of New Brunswick in 1973 and became a physics instructor in 1976. Msezane immigrated to United States from Canada to complete his postdoctoral research at the Georgia State University in 1974. From 1978 to 1980, he served as a visiting professor at Louisiana State University. In 1980, Msezane joined the faculty of Morehouse College as an assistant professor of physics. He left Morehouse College in 1983 to become a professor at Atlanta University and served as chair of the physics department from 1986 to 1989. In 1988, Atlanta University merged with Clark University to become Clark Atlanta University, and Msezane remained on as a professor of physics. Msezane is the director of the Center for Theoretical Studies of Physical Systems (CTSPS) at Clark Atlanta University. His research team investigates mathematical physics theory, solid matter, and image processing. Msezane’s research on electron interaction with matter and electron configuration within the atom has resulted in over 260 research papers published in scholarly journals.

Msezane is also a member of several professional societies, including the American Physical Society (APS) and the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). Msezane was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from the University of Fort Hare (South Africa) in 1998, and is a recipient of the World University Service Scholarship.

Alfred Msezane works in Atlanta, Georgia.

Alfred Msezane was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on December 11, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Alfred Msezane's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alfred Msezane lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alfred Msezane describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alfred Msezane describes life in colonized South Africa
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alfred Msezane describes the people of Swaziland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alfred Msezane talks about the colonial history of South Africa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alfred Msezane describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alfred Msezane talks about the Zulu tribe
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alfred Msezane talks about his father, and about how his parents met and married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alfred Msezane describes his family's life in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alfred Msezane describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alfred Msezane describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alfred Msezane talks about his brother, Richard Msezane, and his first school in Johannesburg
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alfred Msezane describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alfred Msezane talks about the toxic gases released from the gold mines of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alfred Msezane describes his experience in St. Louis Catholic School and Thlakula School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alfred Msezane talks about World War II, and his community's involvement in the African National Congress [ANC]
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alfred Msezane describes his experience in Thlakula School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alfred Msezane describes his decision to attend the University of Fort Hare, South Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alfred Msezane describes the segregation of South African universities and professional practice under the apartheid government
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alfred Msezane describes the importance of education, as a South African
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alfred Msezane describes his experience in InKamana High School and at the University of Fort Hare
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alfred Msezane describes the differences between the British and American education systems
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alfred Msezane describes his decision to pursue a Ph.D. degree in physics at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alfred Msezane describes his experience at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alfred Msezane describes his master's degree thesis research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alfred Msezane describes his experience at the University of the Witwatersrand, and his departure from South Africa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alfred Msezane talks about his late wife, Gail Msezane
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alfred Msezane describes his Ph.D. dissertation research on collision theory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alfred Msezane describes his reasons for not returning to South Africa after his Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alfred Msezane describes his post-doctoral experience at Georgia State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alfred Msezane describes his experience at Louisiana State University and at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alfred Msezane talks about his funding relationship with the U.S. Department of Energy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alfred Msezane talks about his experience at Morehouse College, and the lack of research infrastructure at HBCUs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alfred Msezane describes his experience at Clark Atlanta University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alfred Msezane describes his relationship with HistoryMaker Carlos Handy, and their contributions towards research at Clark Atlanta University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alfred Msezane talks about meeting Nelson Mandela
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alfred Msezane discusses his visits to South Africa and the country's current status of physics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Alfred Msezane talks upon the importance of a formal education to inform political commentary
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Alfred Msezane talks about his participation in conferences, his research in nano-science, and his professional memberships
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Alfred Msezane reflects upon his life's choices
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Alfred Msezane describes his preference for research over administration
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Alfred Msezane reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Alfred Msezane describes his hopes and concerns for the African-American community today
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Alfred Msezane talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Alfred Msezane talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Alfred Msezane describes his photographs