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David C. Look (M.S., Physics, 1962, B.S., Physics, 1960)


I have been married for 40 years to my wife Rita.

We have two children and three grandchildren. We travel all over the world (China/Korea/Japan in 2007), mostly giving lectures on ZnO research. I am very active in Baptist church activities; as well as music, biking, tennis, volleyball, hiking (recently climbed Half Dome in Yosemite National Park). I am the Director, Semiconductor Research Center, Wright State University, and researcher at the Materials Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, funded by AFRL and also NSF, AFOSR, DOE, and ARO. My professional dream is an efficient solid-state white lighting from crystalline ZnO (that’s right, the nose powder), saving the USA $150B per year in power costs by 2025. I organized the First International Workshop on ZnO in Dayton, 1999, and have participated in many other similar ZnO-based meetings since then. My favorite memory was skipping research and going to the Student Union to play pool and ping pong with fellow grad students Dennis Barnaal (Ph.D., Physics, 1965, M.S., Physics, 1962, B.S. Physics, 1958) and Jan Northby (Ph.D., Physics, 1965) whenever Professor Lowe was away. My least favorite memory was making a stupid mistake and blowing up a very expensive vacuum-tube voltmeter during early in my M.S. research. I avoided the lab for a week or two to give Professor
Lowe time to cool off. My favorite professor and course (as I remember) was Professor James Werntz, “Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Theories of the Structure of Matter”. Professor Werntz was by far the best instructor I ever had in undergraduate or graduate training, anytime, anywhere. He was truly a wonderful teacher.