Ask a physics person what the name of Robert A. Millikan brings to mind, and most would immediately think of the eponymous experiments that he did with the charge on the electron in the years 1908 to 1913. A few might remember his work, starting in 1914, with the experimental determination of Planck’s constant using the photoelectric effect. Few will remember his work with bringing experiment into the education of undergraduate physics students in the early years of the 20th century. In this paper I will show how he achieved this by examining the numerous textbooks that he wrote.

1.
Robert A.
Millikan
,
The Autobiography of Robert A. Millikan
(
Prentice-Hall, Inc.
,
New York
,
1950
), p.
15
.
2.
Ref. 1, p. 40.
3.
Robert A.
Millikan
,
Mechanics, Molecular Physics and Heat
(
Ginn and Company
,
Boston
,
1903
), p.
3
.
4.
Steven
Turner
, “
Chicago Scientific Instrument Makers, 1871-1918, Part 2: The University and Research Market
,”
Rittenhouse
20
,
1
64
(
2006
).
5.
Thomas B.
Greenslade
 Jr.
, “
Trowbridge’s method of finding the acceleration due to gravity
,”
Phys. Teach.
34
,
570
571
(
Dec.
1996
).
6.
Robert Andrews
Millikan
and
Henry Gordon
Gale
,
A First Course in Physics
(
Ginn and Company
,
Boston
,
1908
).
7.
Robert. A.
Millikan
and
Henry G.
Gale
,
A Laboratory Course in Physics for Secondary Schools
(
Ginn and Company
,
Boston
,
1906
).
8.
Robert Andrews
Millikan
,
Henry Gordon
Gale
, and
James P.
Coyle
,
New Elementary Physics
(
Ginn and Company
,
Boston
,
1936
), p.
124
.
9.
Thomas B.
Greenslade
 Jr.
, “
Alfred P. Gage and the introductory physics laboratory
,”
Phys. Teach.
54
,
148
149
(
March
2016
).
10.
Valerie K.
Otero
and
David E.
Meltzer
, “
100 years of attempts to transform physics education
,”
Phys. Teach.
54
,
523
527
(
Dec.
2016
).
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