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Historical Timeline

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1910 - 1919


Floyd A. Ramsdell receives his B.A. from Clark. In 1937 he would hold the first public showing of one his 3-D films at MIT, using the new technology he'd been developing in partnership with the Polaroid Corporation. Ramsdell, one of only a handful of people with 3-D expertise, was later recruited to the West Coast by MGM. Working with a medical student at Johns Hopkins University, he would film the digestive tract of a live dog by inserting a tube and camera he invented, a first-time event chronicled in 1947 by Life magazine.


Robert Hutchings Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, receives a Ph.D. in physics from Clark.

Despite having lost both hands and forearms when employed at Westinghouse Electric, Solomon Lefschetz receives a Ph.D. in mathematics from Clark. He would go on to marry fellow mathematics Ph.D. Alice Berg Hayes and make major contributions in three areas of mathematics.


Miriam Van Waters receives a Ph.D. in anthropology from Clark with her thesis titled "The Adolescent Girl Among Primitive Peoples." She goes on to become a leading figure in women's penology, and head of the Framingham Reformatory outside Boston.


Charles A. Kraus joins the chemistry faculty. He will go on to develop the anti-knock additive in gasoline.


Arthur W. Calhoun receives a Ph.D. in economics and sociology from Clark. He later publishes "Social History of the American Family," a pioneer work in that field.

Fun Facts


The Clark Student Council is organized. The current Undergraduate Student Council includes four standing committees and appoints representatives to more than 20 administrative and trustee liaison committees. The council's three primary roles are: to represent the undergraduate student body to Clark's administration; to distribute the student activities fee to Clark organizations as fairly as possible; and to contribute to campus life with its own programs, events and projects.

Physical education becomes a requirement for all undergraduates.


Clark College Monthly, the first student magazine, is published.


High school students come to campus for the first "Sub-freshman Day," which is now known as a college open house.