Case Western Reserve University Presidents

Agnar Pytte: 1987-1999

Agnar Pytte

Agnar Pytte, president of Case Western Reserve University from 1987 to 1999, is a distinguished teacher, physicist, and administrator. Born in Norway in 1932 and now a naturalized US citizen, he graduated from Princeton University as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1953. He received the AM and the PhD degrees from Harvard University in 1954 and 1958, respectively.

President Pytte is a specialist in theoretical plasma physics and nuclear fusion. During 1959 and 1960, he was a member of Princeton University's Project Matterhorn, a nuclear fusion project now known as the Plasma Physics Laboratory. His other research appointments have included a 1966-67 National Science Foundation Faculty Fellowship at the Université Libre in Brussels, Belgium, and a 1978-79 appointment as a Visiting Fellow at Princeton's Plasma Physics Laboratory.

He joined the Dartmouth College faculty as an instructor in 1957, reaching the rank of professor in 1967. He served as chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1971 to 1975. In 1975, he was named Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Sciences and Dean of Graduate Studies, becoming Provost at Dartmouth in 1982. In 1981, he was appointed to the Eleanor and Kelvin Smith Professorship in Physics, established by the late Kelvin Smith, a graduate of both Dartmouth and CWRU.

President Pytte is co-author of the book The Structure of Matter and has published extensively on theoretical physics in refereed journals.

He and his wife, Anah, have three children: Anders, Anthony, and Alyson.

Reprinted from Case Magazine, Spring 1999. Read more..

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