Walker, Eric Arthur
|born on||29 April 1910 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )|
|Place||Long Eaton, England, 52n54, 1w15|
|Timezone||GMT h0e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||07°57' 28°22 Asc. 12°38'|
American educator, the president of the Pennsylvania State University from 1956 to 1970 and a founding member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Dr. Walker earned a Bachelors Degree from Harvard University in Electrical Engineering, a Masters Degree in business administration, and doctorate in general science and engineering from Harvard. During World War II, Walker was associate director of the Underwater Sound Laboratory, initially located at Harvard, but relocated to the campus of Penn State University. Dr. Walker remained at Penn State, becoming head of the Department of Electrical Engineering, then Dean of the College of Engineering and Architecture in 1951. Next Dr. Walker became vice president for research at Penn State in 1956, and President of the University, also in 1956.
Penn State experienced changes and growth during the Presidency of Dr. Walker. The post-war student population at the university increased from 13,000 to 40,000, becoming one of the largest universities in the United States. Dr. Walker also oversaw the creation of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and research expenditures for the university grew from $8,000,000 in 1956-57 to $36,000,000 in 1969-70.
He died on February 17, 1995. The Eric A. Walker building on Penn State's campus is named in honor of Dr. Walker. It houses the Meteorology department, one of the larger science departments at the university, as well as the Geography department.
Sy Scholfield quotes "Now It's My Turn: Engineering My Way" by Eric Arthur Walker (Vantage Press, 1989), p. 1: "I was born on April 29, 1910, at 37 Charlton Avenue, Long Eaton, England. . . . I am told my birth was on a Thursday, and therefore I am a Thursday's child; also that the event took place in my parents' house at about 4:00 o'clock in the morning."
- Vocation : Education : Administrator (President of the Pennsylvania State University)
- Vocation : Engineer : Electrical