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Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
N/A

Birthplace

Born:
10/15/1940
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

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

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Hot Dogs
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
N/A

Birthplace

Born:
10/15/1940
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Physicist Frederick William Oliver was born on October 15, 1940, in Baltimore City, Maryland, to Hattie and Willis Oliver. Oliver was raised on J Street, in an African American community located in Sparrows Point. He attended Sollers Point High School, graduating in 1958. Oliver then went to Morgan State University where he received his B.S. degree in physics in 1962, under the mentorship of Dr. Julius Taylor. Oliver continued his education, receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Howard University in 1965 and 1972, respectively, both in condensed matter physics. His research examines the Mossbauer Effect and its uses in spectroscopy.

In 1969, Oliver joined the faculty at Morgan State University as an associate professor. In 1979, Oliver became Chair of the physics department at Morgan State University, taking over the position from his mentor, Dr. Julius Taylor. He served until 1995, and then again from 1999 to 2006. While at Morgan State University, Oliver held appointments with the Naval Research Laboratory, the Argonne National Laboratory, the University of Maryland, NASA, Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, Bell Laboratories, and the Harry Diamond Laboratories. Oliver also served as the university’s Radiation Safety Officer for fifteen years beginning in 1990. Since 2007, Oliver has been an appointed part-time administrative judge with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel.

Oliver has published thirty-two full-length papers since 1965, and presented at numerous conferences. He has been awarded the Dr. Iva G. Jones Medallion Mantle Award and is an inducted member of Beta Kappa Chi, Sigma Chi, and Sigma Pi Sigma. Oliver’s most recent grant was funded by the Department of Energy for its “Educational Bridge Program.”

Oliver lives in Maryland with his wife Dianne. He has two grown children, Chaszetta and Chinyere from a former marriage.

Frederick William Oliver was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 15, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frederick Oliver shares his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frederick Oliver talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frederick Oliver talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frederick Oliver talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frederick Oliver recalls his childhood in Sparrows Point, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frederick Oliver describes his elementary school experience
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Frederick Oliver talks about his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Frederick Oliver talks about family life as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Frederick Oliver remembers playing sports as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Frederick Oliver recalls an influential high school physics class
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frederick Oliver describes his high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frederick Oliver talks about his high school physics teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frederick Oliver describes his playing sports as well as musical instruments in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frederick Oliver discusses the effects of segregation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frederick Oliver talks about his high school grades and the focus on getting a college education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frederick Oliver talks about his undergraduate experience at Morgan State University, part 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frederick Oliver talks about his undergraduate experience at Morgan State University, part 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frederick Oliver recalls the reaction of his parents and the community to his being in college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frederick Oliver talks about his decision to pursue graduate studies at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frederick Oliver describers the social and political atmosphere at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frederick Oliver talks about his peers and social activities at Howard University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frederick Oliver describes his graduate school advisor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frederick Oliver explains his graduate school research
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frederick Oliver talks about his lack of involvement with activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frederick Oliver discusses the significance of Mossbauer physics and why he chose the field of solid state physics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frederick Oliver talks about his return to Morgan State University as a faculty member
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frederick Oliver talks about his wife and children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frederick Oliver describes his experience teaching at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frederick Oliver discusses the importance of a Ph.D. degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frederick Oliver talks about his experience on the faculty at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frederick Oliver talks about his publications and his research in various laboratories
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frederick Oliver talks about his leadership as chair of the physics department at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Frederick Oliver talks about his involvement in the National Technical Association
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frederick Oliver defines success
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Frederick Oliver talks about undergraduate students and their research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Frederick Oliver talks about his involvement in faculty positions at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Frederick Oliver talks about his second wife, Dianne Polson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Frederick Oliver discusses the African American physics community, part 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Frederick Oliver discusses the influence of race on his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Frederick Oliver discusses the African American physics community, part 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Frederick Oliver talks about the relationship between Morgan State University's STEM departments.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Frederick Oliver reflects on his time at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Frederick Oliver reflects on his legacy and his life's acomplishments
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Frederick Oliver describes his photos