History of The George and Carolyn Arfken Physics Scholar-in-Residence


George B. Arfken was a Professor of Physics from 1952 to 1983, and Chair of the department from 1956 to 1972.  Widely known for his college text Mathematical Methods for Physicists, George was loved by his colleagues and generations of students.  He endowed this fund in his name and that of his late wife, Carolyn. as a tribute to the closeness the couple felt to members of the physics department and their families, and to recognize her efforts on behalf of the department.


This program provides extended visits by distinguished physicists, providing significant opportunities for faculty and students to interact with the scholar. During their campus stay the Scholars-in-Residence:

  • Participate in one or more seminars with faculty and students.
  • Deliver a presentation to the university community.
  • Work with undergraduate and graduate students on research and related topics.


If you would like to support this program, please send a contribution addressed to "Miami University Fund - George and Carolyn Arfken Physics Scholars-in-Residence Program."


Click here to see a list of past Arfken Scholars-In-Residence »