Cornell’s eighth president and a distinguished physicist, Corson was a polymath whose achievements in physics and engineering date to 1940, when he discovered astatine, element 85 in the periodic table of the elements. During World War II he helped introduce the use of radar into military operations. His finest moments came during his time as Cornell’s president from 1969 to 1977. Modest and mild-mannered, he led Cornell through the era of student protest against the Vietnam War and for civil rights and restored the university to stability.
Memorial service for Dale Corson
The life of Cornell President Emeritus Dale Corson was celebrated Sept. 8, 2012 in Sage Chapel.
Dale Corson: Cornell’s Good Fortune
A tribute to Dale Corson, Cornell’s eighth president and a distinguished physicist.
Meet Cornell’s Eighth President
This slideshow captures significant markers in the life and times of Dale Corson and his imprint upon Cornell University.