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date: 11 April 2021

Cole, Kenneth Stewartlocked

(10 July 1900–18 April 1984)
  • David S. Gottfried


Cole, Kenneth Stewart (10 July 1900–18 April 1984), biophysicist, was born in Ithaca, New York, the son of Charles Nelson Cole, an educator, and Mabel Stewart. Known in later years by colleagues and friends as Kacy, Cole described his childhood as lonely. He grew up in the intellectually challenging environment of college towns, and his mother encouraged his scientific curiosity. In 1917 Cole entered Oberlin College, where his father was a dean. His sophomore year was interrupted for a brief period of army service at the end of 1918. During the summer months of 1920 and 1921 and a year’s leave of absence (1921–1922), Cole worked at the General Electric Research Laboratory in Schenectady, New York. After receiving his A.B. in physics in 1922, Cole chose to pursue graduate studies in physics at Cornell, where he studied with ...

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