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Robert Kemp Adair
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Robert K. Adair lectures to an audience at the Physics of Baseball Colloquium, held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Born August 14, 1924(1924-08-14) (age 96)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Residence United States
Nationality American

Robert Kemp Adair (born August 14, 1924)[1][2] is an American physicist. He is Sterling Professor Emeritus of physics at Yale University.[3][4][5]


Adair served in the European theatre after volunteering for World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze star. After achieving a doctorate in experimental nuclear physics at the University of Wisconsin he worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Long Island. In 1959 he joined the faculty at Yale, serving as chair of the Department of Physics and director of the Division of Physical Sciences. Later, he studied the effects of weak electromagnetic fields on human health. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997.[1]

Books and BaseballEdit

Adair, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is known for authoring The Physics of Baseball [6][7] as well as a paper titled The Crack of the Bat: The Acoustics of the Bat Hitting the Ball.[8] His studies into baseball stemmed from a request from former Yale President A. Bartlett Giamatti to know what the scientific significance of corking a bat, wetting a ball and other similar baseball issues were.

Other publications include "The Great Design; Particles, Fields and Creation" Oxford University Press 1987 ISBN 0-19-504380-4


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  2. "Robert Adair". Array of Comtemporay American Physicsts. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  3. Dave Sheinin (2006-12-23). "Thrown for a Loop, Matsuzaka's Mystery Pitch, the Gyroball, Is an Enigma Wrapped in Horsehide". The Washington post. 
  4. James Glanz (2001-06-26). "The Crack of the Bat: Acoustics Takes On the Sounds of Baseball". The New York Times. 
  5. "William Clyde DeVane Medalsare awarded to two scientists". Yale Bulletin and Calendar. 2006-03-26. Archived from the original on 2006-09-14. 
  6. Carl T. Hall (2003-06-05). "Study: Doctored bats go 2 percent farther". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  7. Scott Veale (2002-06-12). "New & Noteworthy Paperbacks". The New York Times. 
  8. Chistopher Lehmann-Haupt (1990-01-29). "Books of The Times;The Crack of the Bat, the Curve of the Ball". New York Times. 

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