BY WILLIAM B. FRETTER
Assisted by David L. Judd
THE EMINENT PHYSICIST, distinguished educator, public servant, academic statesman, and professor emeritus of the University of California, Robert Bigham Brode, died February 19, 1986, at his home in Berkeley, California. Robert was one of triplets born June 12, 1900, in Walla Walla, Washington. Following the example of their father, professor of biology at Whitman College, Robert and his brothers, Wallace and Malcolm, all became distinguished scientists.
Bob Brode's young life included not only science but also a general cultural education. During those early years he became a proficient flute player, contributing enjoyment to others and gaining personal pleasure for many years.
Leaving Whitman with a bachelor's degree in 1921, Brode went to the California Institute of Technology, where he earned the Ph.D. degree in physics in 1924. By so doing he took his place at the head of a long line; 1924 was the very first year in which this degree was awarded by Caltech, which was then, under the direction of Robert A. Millikan, developing its scientific program.