Our History

Our department has a rich academic history that dates back to 1924. To learn more about our founding, the early days, and the evolution of the Physics Department at Duke, please review our detailed four-part essay series, segmented by years.

Faculty Member Interviews

Through these edited interviews, our current and former faculty members discuss their research and teaching experience. These provide insight to how our department has grown and changed, as well as how Duke University and the city of Durham has evolved.

Department Faculty

Learn more about some of the early members of our faculty who helped shape who we are today, as well as see all faculty members — past and present — of our department. We also list our Department Chairs from our inception to today.

Our Graduate Alumni

Our department history would not be complete without all the students who have entered our program. As such, we maintain a complete listing of all graduate program alumni — including degree, graduation date, and thesis/dissertation (if completed) — beginning with the Class of 1928.