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The History of AAPT

The history of the American Association of Physics Teachers (and related organizations) is complex, rich, and fascinating. Several versions of this history exist and are written from a particular individual's perspective. They are listed and linked at the bottom of this page. This version was compiled by Richard Peterson, AAPT Historian, and John Layman, AAPT Archivist, and approved by the Executive Board in 2014. 

You can explore the pages in order by choosing one below to start with and using the navigation links at the bottom to traverse through the pages.


Relevant histories and articles

Melba Newell Phillips history

The First Annual Meeting of the AAPT, Melba Newell Phillips, American Journal of Physics, Volume 54 Issue 5, 469 (1986)

Homer L. Dodge, First President of AAPT, Janet B. Guernsey, The Physics Teacher, Volume 17 Issue 2, page 84 (1979)

"Founding Leaders" document by John Layman

The Homer L. Dodge Citation History