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In celebration of Professor Ken Gentle’s 50th year as a member of the UT Physics Faculty, friends, former students, and colleagues have joined together to establish the Kenneth W. Gentle Endowed Excellence Fund for Graduate Support in Physics. In his five decades at UT, Dr. Gentle has been an Alfred Sloan Fellow, held the Josey Professorship of Energy, and served as Director of the Fusion Research Center from 1972 until 2010 and Chair of the Department of Physics from 1997 -2001. Dr. Gentle is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the European Physical Society, a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and recipient of the International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award from the People’s Republic of China and the US Department of Energy Certificate of Appreciation.

This endowment will support, in perpetuity, the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin.  The Department of Physics has set a goal of raising $75,000 in gifts and pledges for the Gentle Endowment so that it may establish an annual Gentle Fellowship award for outstanding graduate students in Physics; all pledges in support of this goal may be paid over a five-year window.

Funds distributed annually from the Kenneth W. Gentle Endowed Excellence Fund for Graduate Support in Physics will be used to support graduate students studying Physics at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Gentle’s first graduate student at UT has made a generous initial pledge to establish this endowment as an Excellence Fund and the Department of Physics and College of Natural Sciences look to Dr. Gentle’s former students, friends, and colleagues to support this initiative so that it may reach the Graduate Fellowship threshold.

  • To make a gift online using a credit card, please click here.
  • If you are interested in making a gift of stock, IRA transfer, or have other questions, please contact the College of Natural Sciences Office of Development at 512-471-0699 or cnsgiving@austin.utexas.edu