Nebraska Authors

Theodore Prey Jorgensen

Born 1905-11-13 CT (USA)

Died 2006-04-04
Lincoln, NE (USA)

Theodore Prey Jorgensen was the great-grandson and grandson of the earliest pioneers of Lancaster County, John D. Prey and son John W. Prey. He was also the son of a noted Cather scholar, Anne Prey Jorgensen. Theodore P. Jorgensen helped to establish the doctoral program in physics, and developed an atomic physics laboratory on the Lincoln campus. Jorgensen was part of the Manhattan Project during World War II.

Places Lived

South Dakota
Cambridge, MA
Chicago, IL
Lincoln, NE 1923-1930, 1938-1941, 1948-2006

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Golf; Physics; Autobiographical


Bachelor of Arts Degree, 1928, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Master of Arts Degree, 1930, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Ph.D., 1935, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska: 1948-1975
Atomic Physicist on the Manhattan Project

Places Worked

University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Clark University, Worcester, MA


Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Came to the University through the recruitment efforts of NU Chancellor, R.G. Gustafson


The Physics of Golf. 1994.

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