Carl A. Rouse

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Carl A. Rouse
Hazelton, Ohio, US
DiedFebruary 25th, 2014
Princeton, New Jersey
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materCase Institute of Technology
Scientific career
InstitutionsLawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Doctoral advisorEugene W. Cowen

Carl A. Rouse (1927 - Feb 25th, 2014) was an American Physicist, working in atomic, plasma, and computation physics.

Rouse was the first African American to earn a Ph.D in physics from Caltech, as well as the the fifth African-American to earn a Ph.D in physics.[1]

Early Life and Education

Rouse was born in Hazelton, Ohio. Interested in physics and boxing from an early age, Rouse was described as "gifted high school student" and won a Golden Glove in high school. He entered the Army Special Training Reserves in 1944, where his academic performance sent him to New York University to participate in the ASTR Civil Engineering Course. Rouse would later realize that the program trained engineers for the Manhattan Project.

After leaving the army, Rouse completed a dual degrees in physics at the Case Institute of Technology. He then entered the California Institute of Technology for his Ph.D., where he was advised by Eugene W. Cowen and conducted research with Carl David Anderson.


After completing his Ph.D., Rouse took a position at the Lawrence Livermore Radiation Laboratory, now known as the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He worked on modelling changes to solid matter when exposed to high temperatures and radiation. It was also at LLNL that he began work on his "High-Z" model of the sun, a project he work on through his career. Rouse would later work at the Naval Research Laboratory and General Atomics as well.[2]

Personal Life

Rouse died at his home in Princeton, New Jersey, on February 14th 2014. He had 3 children, and 6 grandchildren at the time of his death.

After his death, the National Society of Black Physicists and Caltech created a research fellowship in his honor.[3]


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