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Athletic Hall of Fame

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Timothy J. Londergan

'65


At Rochester: 

  • Played on three varsity teams during his four years.
  • Starting center fielder as a freshman for baseball and batted third in the lineup.
  • In Tennis - played #1 in doubles in junior & senior year, and was #1 in singles as a senior
  • Tennis team captain senior year
  • In Squash played #1 for all four years
  • Squash team captain junior and senior years
  • 6-2 as a junior and 8-1 as a senior
  • Ranked #8 nationally as senior and beat two opponents ranked in the top 10 of the collegiate rankings. 
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa in junior year

Post-Graduate:

  • Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University where he earned PhD in theoretical physics at Oxford
  • Held postdoctoral appointments at Oxford University, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Wisconsin
  • Faculty member in physics at Indiana University from 1973-2014
  • He also served as a consultant for the Paul Scherrer Institut in Villigen, Switzerland; the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai, India; Los Alamos Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM; and the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia. 
  • Retired and is currently Professor Emeritus of Physics. 
  • He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. 
  • While at Indiana University, Londergan also served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School, served two terms as Chair of the Physics Department, served three terms as Director of the Indiana University Nuclear Theory Center, and for ten years directed the Wells Scholars Program, Indiana University’s most prestigious undergraduate merit scholarship. 
  • Was awarded National Science Foundation research grants for a period of 41 years. 
  • Until recently Londergan continued to play age-group tennis, and twice won the Monroe County men’s over-35 tennis tournament. 
  • Londergan currently resides in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Gail.  They have three children: Jennifer, Sarah, and Benjamin  For the past sixteen years,
  • Currently author of the blog “Tim’s Cover Story,” a historical review of rock music from the 50s and 60s; and he is co-author of the blog “Debunking Denial,” which is devoted to distinguishing legitimate science from pseudo-science.