Palmer C. Ricketts
- Born in 1856 in Elkton, Maryland.
- Came to Rensselaer in 1871 as a student.
- Appointed Assistant in Math and Astronomy
upon graduation, 1875.
- Promoted to Assistant Professor, 1882.
- Named William H. Hart Professor of Rational
and Technical Mechanics, 1884.
- Named Director of Rensselaer in 1892.
- Assumed the Presidency in 1901.
- Liberalized curriculum by adding the Department
of Arts, Science, and Business Administration and the Graduate School.
- Increased the number of degrees offered
by Rensselaer from two to a dozen, including electrical engineering,
mechanical engineering, biology, chemistry, and physics.
- Enrollment increased from approximately
200 in 1900 to a high of 1700 in 1930. Faculty increased accordingly
in both size and the number of academic fields represented.
- Responsible for the building of Rensselaer's
"Green Roof Campus."
- Consulted as bridge, sanitary, and flood
- Held patents on an electrical device for
control of railroad equipment.
- Authored three editions of A History
of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1895, 1914, and 1934.