Looking Towards Downtown, 1916, 1957, and 2023

First, taken from the campanile in 1916 by Carl Knapp ’16:

Next, taken from the antenna by Abercrombie in 1957 by David Davidson ’58:

And finally, taken from the fifth floor deck of O’Connor by me ’96 ’00 in 2023:

Houston exploded and so did camera technology.

Bonus: Here’s picture of young Mr. Davidson that appeared in a Houston Chronicle piece about research on campus in 1962, when he would have been a grad student in Engineering. I didn’t realize until now that he also earned a Rice Ph.D. in 1968.

Here’s the caption–“plasmatron” sounds pretty cool:

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5 Responses to Looking Towards Downtown, 1916, 1957, and 2023

  1. Mike Ross says:

    Dr. Davidson had a long and productive career at the Southwest Research Institute, publishing more than 200 technical papers, the latest just a few months before his death on September 19, 2021.

    He was known world-wide for his research and analysis of fatigue cracking in materials. After he retired in 1999, he conducted studies on the DNA of soil organisms and invasive species and, with his wife Patricia, restored a Hill County property.


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  3. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    Dr. Kean, are you OK?

    • Melissa Kean says:

      Oh my gosh, yes. It hadn’t occurred to me that people would even notice I was MIA. So sorry! I’ve been having a great summer, lots of travel, and I should have mentioned it at the beginning. In any event, I’m back to at least weekly posts starting tomorrow.

      And thank you for checking on me. I truly appreciate it.

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