Campus: CSU Long Beach -- August 12, 2002
Professor of Physics at California State University, Long Beach
Receives National Award from Association of Physics Teachers
Simon George, professor of physics at California State University, Long Beach, has been
named the recipient of the 2002 Robert A. Millikan Award by the American Association of
Physics Teachers (AAPT).
Established in 1962, the award recognizes teachers who have made notable and creative
contributions to the teaching of physics. As the Millikan honoree, George received a
$4,000 award, an inscribed medal, a certificate and travel expenses to the national
"I am deeply honored to be the recipient of this award named after one of the greatest
American Nobel Laureates in physics," George said. "I will accept the award on
behalf of my teachers, my students and my national and international colleagues who all played
a part in my achieving this prestigious honor."
He was presented with the award last Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the organization's 125th national
meeting at Boise State University. As part of the honor, George also gave a lecture titled
"Global Study of the Role of the Laboratory in Physics Education."
"Professor George has not only been a distinguished professor of physics at California
State University, Long Beach for more than 35 years, but his contributions to physics and
physics teaching extend over the entire continent of North America and the rest of the world
as well," said Herbert Gottlieb, a 30-year member of the AAPT who nominated George for
"I have known him intimately as a colleague for more than 15 years," he continued,
"and have the greatest respect for his ability to inculcate his high principles and his
love of physics to almost everyone he meets."
John Hubisz, chair of the awards committee, noted that George has "exceptional
credentials in all the important areas of interest to the AAPT: teaching, research and service
at the local, national and the international level."
"For more than 30 years, I have been examining this topic in various countries
worldwide," said George, a Cal State Long Beach faculty member since 1961. "My
presentation will focus on findings on the subject and will compare and contrast my experience
in the U.S. with the ways in which other countries approach physics teaching, especially
laboratory instruction. As U.S. edu-cators, I believe we can play a significant role in
The CSULB professor has received numerous honors on campus, including the Nicholas
Perkins Hardeman Academic Leadership Award, Outstanding Professor Award and the Scholarly
and Creative Achievement Award.