J. H. Van Vleck, Hollis professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Harvard University, was honored by Case Institute of Technology on December 11, 1963, when he became the first recipient of the new Albert A. Michelson Award. Professor Van Vleck, whose address on that occasion appears below, was cited for his pioneering contributions “to theories of magnetism which provide the essential understanding of solids and have led to important scientific and engineering developments”.
The following article is based on this year's Retiring Presidential Address of the American Physical Society, presented on January 23 during the 1964 annual meeting of the Society in New York by John H. Williams of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Minnesota. Professor Williams, whose term as president of the APS ended during the meeting, served as an Atomic Energy Commissioner in 1959–60.
The following report on the 1963 International Conference on Luminescence, held in Poland last September, is by Grace M. Spruch, a research physicist associated with New York University. She is currently working in England.