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|Lewis E. Akeley came to the University of South Dakota (USD) in 1887 as professor of physics and chemistry. He served the USD for 74 years in a variety of capacities, including Dean of Engineering for 25 years.
In 1891 he married Myra Thomas and they raised two children. He studied at the University of Rochester, University of Chicago and the University of Leipzig. <p>Dr. Akeley was one of the country's early speculators in the "enormous forces inherit in the atom," to quote former President Eisenhower. His influence on his students and their educators was especially notable in regards to Dr. E.O. Lawrence, the Nobel Prize Winner. Lawrence's contribution to science placed him among the few scientists that enabled the United States to win the atom bomb race during World War II. <p>Dr. Akeley was a prolific writer and published several books concerning his philosophy of science. He retired from fulltime teaching in 1933 but still maintained his lecturing status and continued to visit the campus regularly until his death in 1961.
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