JOHN MATTHIAS KUEHNE
John Matthias Kuehne, professor emeritus
of physics, died on February 14, 1960. He was 87.
Professor Kuehne was born in Halletsville,
Texas, on August 11, 1872, one of twelve children of a German immigrant
family. He was educated at home by his parents, who were teachers and
farmers. At their behest, he took the state normal examinations when
he was 18. Upon passing them, he taught in rural schools for a number
In 1896, when he was in his twenties,
Professor Kuehne enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated
Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor's degree in physics in 1899. In 1901,
after earning a master's degree at UT Austin, he joined the faculty
as an instructor. He earned a PhD degree in physics from the University
of Chicago in 1910.
After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Kuehne
continued his teaching career at the University, where he chaired the
Department of Physics and pursued pioneering research on the relationship
between magnetism and electricity. He also participated in professional
associations, including the American Association for the Advancement
of Science and the American Physical Society. To honor Professor Kuehne's
contributions to the University, the Physics-Mathematics-Astronomy Library
was named after him.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on
the Faculty Council web site on December 20, 2000. Additional
biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas History
Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.