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Dr. Clyde Smith

Physics Instructor , Academic Affairs Division and Teaching Faculty

843-383-3901 ext. 3937

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Physics and Mathematics, Baptist College at Charleston
  • M.A., Physics, Wake Forest University
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of South Carolina

How long have you worked at GSSM?

I joined the GSSM faculty in the fall of 1989; thus, I have been around for each and every GSSM graduation so far.  Prior to moving wife, horse, and self  to Hartsville, I had been associate professor at Centenary College, in Shreveport, LA, for five years, my third position in higher education after grad school.

How long have you worked in academia?

I first taught physics officially as an undergraduate lab instructor in the fall of 1966.

Tell us what you love about working at GSSM.

Teaching bright students is a joy. Teaching hard-working students is also a joy. When bright students are hard-working, as many at GSSM are, it is a special joy. 

Are you a member of any professional organizations?

American Association of Physics Teachers
Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy strategy games. All-time favorites include chess, Axis and Allies, and Memoir 44 Online, in which I am known as General Tinishubi. (Yes, you may ask why.)  

Give us a Twitter-style short bio about yourself.  

“And gladly wolde he lerne, and gladly teche.”  

-Geoffrey Chaucer

What would your students be surprised to learn about you?

I once had a stuffed giraffe toy that was taller than I was.

What is your perfect pizza?


What's the best thing about Hartsville?

A lot of neat people live here, especially my wife!

Who would be invited to your fantasy dinner party?

Newton, Maxwell, Faraday, and Einstein. To hear my four favorite physicists talk would be such a rush!

What's your favorite quote?

Three, actually..... 

“Never cut what you can untie.”  

-Joseph Joubert  

“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

-G. K Chesterton  

“Jesu, joy of man's desiring
Holy wisdom, love most bright.
Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring
Soar to uncreated light.”

-Martin Janus, probably translated from German to English by Robert Bridges, music arranged by J. S. Bach.