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John B. Derieux Lectures




John Benly Derieux was one of the early members of the physics faculty at North Carolina State University from 1916 until 1947. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago under the guidance of Nobel Laureates A.A. Michelson and R.A. Millikan. He studied the electric charge and also measured the photoelectric effect in mercury droplets employing the Millikan experiment. He published the work in two papers in the Physical Review after joining the department.

At NC State he was an exceptionally active scientist working on a wide range of research projects. John Derieux was a popular teacher and scientist -- respected and admired by his colleagues. He is memorialized in the department by the John B. Derieux Lecture, established through a bequest in the will of Mrs. Derieux to provide for lectures in the field of "Modern or Contemporary Physics".