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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Research Physicist
Physics Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Condensed Milk, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Costa Rica
Favorite Quote:
Greatness comes from within.

Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1950
Birth Location:
Havana,

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Research Physicist
Physics Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green
Favorite Food:
Condensed Milk, Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Costa Rica
Favorite Quote:
Greatness comes from within.

Birthplace

Born:
10/18/1950
Birth Location:
Havana
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Biography

Physicists Carlos Handy was born on October 18, 1950, in Havana, Cuba, to a Cuban mother and an American father. His father, W.C. Handy, is known as “Father of the Blues.” Growing up in New York City, Handy attended George Washington High School where he was a top math student. In 1972, Handy earned his B.A. degree in physics from Columbia College in New York. He then continued his studies at Columbia university, earning is M.A. degree in physics in 1975 and his PhD degree in theoretical physics in 1978.

From 1878 to 1981, Handy worked as a postdoctoral research associate as Los Alamos national Laboratory focusing on the use of moment representations to relate large scale to local scale features of strong coupling problems. A related approach to this led to Wavelet analysis, as developed by others (i.e. Grossman, Morlet, and Daubechies). In 1983, Handy was hired by Clark Atlanta University as an associate professor of physics. During his time there, he received grant money from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which led to his discovery of the Eigenvalue Method (EMM) technique.

With a second grant from the NSF, Handy established the Center for Theoretical Studies of Physical Systems at Clark Atlanta University, a research and student mentoring center. In 2005, Handy left Clark-Atlanta University and became the head of the physics department at Texas Southern University where assumed full responsibility for the development of the physics program.

Throughout his career, Handy published numerous research articles. The most recent of these was an extension of EMM to determining the symmetry breaking regime of an important pseudo-hermitian system, and application to Regge pole scattering analysis in atomic and molecular physics. His professional concerns include the need for modern facilities in physics education as well as student’s early mastery of calculus. Carlos Handy works in Houston, Texas.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Carlos Handy's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Carlos Handy lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Carlos Handy describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Carlos Handy talks about Cuban patriotism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Carlos Handy talks about his mother's early life in the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Carlos Handy describes his childhood experiences of going back and forth between the United States and Cuba
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Carlos Handy talks about his mother's growing up in Cuba
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Carlos Handy describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Carlos Handy talks about his grandfather, W.C. Handy, a famous blues musician
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Carlos Handy describes his memories of his grandfather, W.C. Handy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Carlos Handy talks about his paternal family's musical talents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Carlos Handy talks about his father's growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Carlos Handy talks about his father's career as a businessman
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Carlos Handy describes how his parents met and got married
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Carlos Handy describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Carlos Handy talks about his siblings and his childhood household
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Carlos Handy describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Carlos Handy describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in New York City and Cuba
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Carlos Handy talks about being brought up by a Cuban mother
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Carlos Handy describes his childhood neighborhood in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Carlos Handy describes his experience in elementary school and junior high school in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Carlos Handy describes his experience at George Washington High School in New York City
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Carlos Handy talks about representing his high school on the NBC program 'It's Academic'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Carlos Handy describes his freshman year at Columbia University and his work with Martin Gutzwiller at the Thomas J. Watson Research Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Carlos Handy describes the challenges that he faced during his freshman year at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Carlos Handy describes his experience as a physics major at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Carlos Handy talks about physicist Martin Gutzwiller
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Carlos Handy talks about his parents' separation and his decision to pursue graduate studies at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Carlos Handy describes his experience as a first-year Ph.D. student at Columbia University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Carlos Handy describes the challenges that he faced during his doctoral studies at Columbia University - part one
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Carlos Handy describes the challenges that he faced during his doctoral studies at Columbia University - part two
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Carlos Handy describes his doctoral dissertation research in the field of gauge theories, at Columbia University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Carlos Handy describes his disappointing experience in the physics department at Columbia University and the lack of mentoring
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Carlos Handy talks about the broad applicability of a doctoral degree, and the problem with stringent expectations in academia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Carlos Handy describes the way he was treated in the physics department at Columbia University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Carlos Handy describes his work on the moment problem at Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Carlos Handy describes race relations in New Mexico
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Carlos Handy talks about getting married, and moving to AMAF in Baltimore, Maryland, and to Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Carlos Handy describes his research on the moment problem at Clark Atlanta University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Carlos Handy describes his research collaboration with physicist Daniel Bessis - part one
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Carlos Handy describes his research collaboration with physicist Daniel Bessis - part two
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Carlos Handy describes his research with Daniel Bessie, on the neutron star problem
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Carlos Handy describes his work with Hermitian operators at Clark Atlanta University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Carlos Handy describes his research at the Center for Theoretical Studies of Physical Systems at Clark Atlanta University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Carlos Handy describes his decision to accept a position at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Carlos Handy describes his experience as chair of the physics department at Texas Southern University, and the status of HBCUs in the state of Texas
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Carlos Handy describes the demographics of Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Carlos Handy describes his involvement as chair of the physics department at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Carlos Handy describes the challenges faced by the physics department at Texas Southern University
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Carlos Handy discusses the graduation rate of African American students in the STEM fields in the Texas university systems
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Carlos Handy reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Carlos Handy reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Carlos Handy describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community today
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Carlos Handy talks about his family
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Carlos Handy talks about how he would like to be remembered