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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/9/1955
Birth Location:
Roakoke Rapids, Michigan

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist
Education Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/9/1955
Birth Location:
Roakoke Rapids
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Biography

Education administrator and physicist Calvin Lowe was born in Roanoke Rapids, Michigan in 1955. After graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with his B.S. degree in physics, Lowe enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned his M.S. degree in plasma physics in 1979. Upon completing his doctoral thesis, “Optical Properties of Graphite Intercalation Compounds,” Lowe graduated from MIT with his Ph.D. degree in solid state physics in 1983.

Upon graduation, Lowe began teaching as an associate professor of physics at the University of Kentucky. In 1987, Lowe was appointed as an associate professor of physics at Hampton University and was named chair of the department of physics. He left Hampton University in 1992 and moved to Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical State University in Huntsville, Alabama where he served as chair of the department of physics from 1992 to 1995. In 1996, Lowe returned to Hampton University and he served as the vice president of research and dean of the graduate college. In that position, he was instrumental in building an internationally recognized atmospheric-sciences research group. Lowe was named the ninth president of Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland and served from 2000 to 2006. While at Bowie, Lowe was as a member of the Task Force to Study College Readiness for Disadvantaged and Capable Students. Lowe has also served as the vice president of research and program development at the National Institute for Aerospace. In 2011, Lowe was appointed as the dean of the School of Science at Hampton University.

In addition to serving as faculty and administrator, Lowe served as a member of the board of Directors for the University System of Maryland from 2000 to 2006. He is a member of the American Physical Society, the National Society of Black Physicists and the Association of University Technology Managers. In 2011, Lowe received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Aeronautic and Space Administration’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

Lowe lives in Maryland with his wife, Tanya, and their two adult children, Maya and Calvin. His brother, Dr. Walter Lowe, is a professor of physics at Howard University.

Calvin Lowe was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 25, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Calvin Lowe's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Calvin Lowe lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Calvin Lowe describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Calvin Lowe describes his mother's growing up in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Calvin Lowe describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Calvin Lowe describes his father's interest in tinkering with gadgets and building tools
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Calvin Lowe talks about his father's career as a construction worker
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Calvin Lowe talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Calvin Lowe talks about his likeness to his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Calvin Lowe talks about growing up in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Calvin Lowe describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Calvin Lowe talks about his family's pets
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Calvin Lowe describes the sights, smells and sounds of growing up in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Calvin Lowe talks about his first school in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Calvin Lowe talks about his sister attending college at North Carolina College, and the desegregation of schools in North Carolina in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Calvin Lowe describes his experience in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Calvin Lowe talks about his exposure to science, television, books and magazines as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Calvin Lowe describes his experience as one of the first African American students to integrate William R. Davie School in Roanoke Rapids
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Calvin Lowe describes his experience at the integrated Northwest High School in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Calvin Lowe talks about his relationship with his twin brother, Walter Lowe
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Calvin Lowe describes his experience in high school and graduating early
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Calvin Lowe talks about graduating early from high school, and the political events of the 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Calvin Lowe describes his experience as an undergraduate student at North Carolina A and T State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Calvin Lowe talks about his interest in physics at North Carolina A and T State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Calvin Lowe describes his decision to pursue his Ph.D. degree in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his experience there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Calvin Lowe talks about losing interest in physics research while he was at MIT, and his interest in teaching
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Calvin Lowe talks about his brother attending Stanford University, and his mentor, Mildred S. Dresselhaus, at MIT
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Calvin Lowe describes the challenges that he faced as a graduate student at MIT, and his interest in teaching and mentoring
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Calvin Lowe talks about his master's thesis research at MIT
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Calvin Lowe describes his doctoral research at MIT on the optical properties of graphite intercalation compounds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Calvin Lowe describes the findings of his doctoral dissertation work on graphite intercalation compounds
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Calvin Lowe describes his experience at the University of Kentucky
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Calvin Lowe talks about the University of Kentucky and race relations in Kentucky in the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Calvin Lowe talks about meeting his wife and getting married in 1984
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Calvin Lowe talks about his decision to leave the University of Kentucky and join Hampton University's physics faculty - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Calvin Lowe talks about his decision to leave the University of Kentucky and join Hampton University's physics faculty - part two
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Calvin Lowe describes his involvement in establishing Hampton University's Research Center for Optical Physics and a doctoral program in physics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Calvin Lowe talks about leaving Hampton University in 1992 to become the head of the physics department at Alabama A and M University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Calvin Lowe talks about his experience as the head of the physics department at Alabama A and M University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Calvin Lowe describes his role as the dean of the graduate school and vice president of research at Hampton University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Calvin Lowe talks about becoming the president of Bowie State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Calvin Lowe describes his involvement in establishing new buildings at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Calvin Lowe talks about his involvement in establishing a High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Calvin Lowe talks about his involvement in strengthening the athletic programs at Bowie State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Calvin Lowe talks about his decision to step down from his role as the president of Bowie State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Calvin Lowe describes his decision to become the vice president of research and program development at the National Institute of Aerospace
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Calvin Lowe describes his contributions as the vice president of research at the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Calvin Lowe talks about his son's death in 2010
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Calvin Lowe describes the goals for the future of the School of Science at Hampton University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Calvin Lowe talks about the marine science program at Hampton University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Calvin Lowe talks about the computer science program and nanoscience concentration at Hampton University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Calvin Lowe talks about expanding the Ph.D. programs at Hampton University to facilitate its growth as a research institution
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Calvin Lowe reflects upon his future in academic administration and talks about the balance between research and teaching at universities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Calvin Lowe reflects upon providing outreach programs and support towards secondary schools
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Calvin Lowe describes his research interest in boron nitride nanotubes
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Calvin Lowe reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Calvin Lowe describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Calvin Lowe reflects upon the future of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Calvin Lowe talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Calvin Lowe talks about how he would like to be remembered