Dr. William and Mabelle Crozier Scholarship

Dr. William Crozier was a longtime physics professor at New Mexico Tech who passed away on Sept. 25, 1988, at the age of 88. He was a highly respected research physicist with specialties in acoustics, atmospheric physics, and high-velocity projectiles.

Born in Iowa, Crozier received his bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees from the State University of Iowa. He began his career conducting research in acoustics and radio loudspeaker technology for the firms Fairbanks, Morse, & Co., Stanley Works, and United Reproducers Corp. during the 1920s. He was an instructor in physics and mathematics at Rose Polytechnic Institute from 1936 to 1940 and then became a research physicist at the University of New Mexico. During World War II, ordnance problems composed much of his research.

In 1946, Dr. Crozier was one of a group of physicists who came with Pres. E. J. Workman to New Mexico Tech, then the New Mexico School of Mines. Among his many accomplishments at Tech was the invention, with Dr. William Hume, of the light-gas gun, a device to propel a projectile at extremely high velocities. The light gas gun is in use as a research tool at Tech and many other research laboratories in the United States. In addition, Crozier was interested in the electrical fine structure of the atmosphere and in collecting, identifying, and tracing, minute airborne particles. One of his interests was in measuring the flux of magnetic spherules reaching the earth from space.

Crozier left his house on Tech Hill, 1212 North Drive, to New Mexico Tech to sell and establish the scholarship fund. The scholarship goes to an undergraduate in any major who meets the requirements for a Presidential Scholarship.


Donations may be sent to:

Office for Advancement
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, N.M. 87801

To contact us, please call 1-800-428-TECH or email advancement@admin.nmt.edu