Professor Emeritus in Physics
Convocation: October 8, 1992
Reinhold Kaiser retired in August 1991 after serving in the department of physics for 35 years. Born in Duisburg, Germany, he received a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Bonn in 1950 and master's and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Gottingen in 1953 and 1954, respectively.
After a year of postdoctoral training at the Imperial College in London, England, and another at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Dr. Kaiser joined the University of New Brunswick physics department in 1956.
Despite limited resources in his Fredericton lab at the outset, Dr. Kaiser established and maintained an international reputation in the field of magnetic resonance. Recognized for their very high quality, his publications on magnetic resonance contributed significantly to the development of the subject and became a research benchmark internationally.
As a teacher at UNB, Dr. Kaiser was known for his meticulous preparation and presentation. He taught a full range of courses in physics from the first-year to the graduate level and attracted graduate students of high calibre from Canada and abroad. Dr. Kaiser also served the university in numerous administrative capacities ranging from departmental committee work to membership on the university's Senate.
Throughout his career, Dr. Kaiser gave invited papers and participated in scientific conferences, symposiums and congresses worldwide. He served as an academic assessor and external appraiser for other universities. For many years he has been a member of the editorial board of the international publication, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, a position he continued into retirement.