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Dr. Mark Godwin

Physics Instructor

843-383-3901 ext. 3911

Dr. Godwin joined the GSSM faculty in the fall of 1998. He teaches Introductory Physics, AP Physics 1, Modern Physics and Fluids, Thermo, and Optics in the spring. Dr. Godwin served as a board member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology for 12 years, coached the volleyball team for 14 years and is an active supporter of the Ultimate Club.

Prior to coming to GSSM, Dr. Godwin was a visiting scientist at the Institut de Physique Nucleaire in Orsay, France. From his research in nuclear physics, he has published a half-dozen papers and given a number of invited talks, conference presentations and seminars. In the realm of hobbies, he walks his dogs (CeeCee and Neutrino), enjoys ultimate frisbee, progressive rock music and is no longer being abducted by flying saucers monthly

What's you educational background?

  • B.S. Grove City College
  • M.A. Duke University
  • Ph.D. Duke University

Give us a Twitter-style short bio about yourself.

I do not use nor support twitter.

What would your students be surprised to learn about you?

I'm a twin.

What is your perfect pizza?

Pesto pizza in Genoa, Italy

What's the best thing about Hartsville?

Reasonable house costs and an upbeat downtown (decent restaurants, vintage, etc).

Who would be invited to your fantasy dinner party?

Richard Feynmann, Ayn Rand, Neil Peart

What's your favorite quote?

"Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach.  Check your road and the nature of your battle.  The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours."
- Ayn Rand 

"But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority."
- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 

"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
-George Orwell  

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

Check out Dr. Godwin's Webpage created for students and all interested in physics.