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Hooper, William Leslie, 1855-1918
|William Leslie Hooper (1855-1918), A1877, G1878, H1898, served as acting president of Tufts from 1912-1914.|
He was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1855.He received his B.A. from Tufts in 1877, and his M.A. in 1878.Hooper also received an honorary Ph. D. in 1898 and an LL.D. in1915.He was instructor of Mathematics and Applied Physics at Bromfield Academy and became its principal in 1880. In 1883 he became assistant professor of physics at Tufts. In 1890, Hooper became professor of electrical engineering. Having been commended by the Trustees for his contributions to the engineering department at Tufts and his successful fundraising abilities, Professor Hooper was made acting president in 1912.He returned to his position in the electrical engineering department in 1914 when H.C. Bumpus was appointed president. In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Hooper continued to write extensively in the field of electrical engineering and worked actively as an electrical consultant for many area companies. Hooper died in his home on Professors Row in 1918.
Hooper House on Professors Row is named in his honor and houses the university health services for the Medford campus. Halligan Hall, home of the Department of Electrical Engineering, was originally named Hooper Laboratory in his honor.
Source: History from the finding aid for the William Leslie Hooper Collection, UA001.006.
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