Tonight, the Chapel Hill Philharmonia will perform the “Millikan Symphony,” dedicated to his memory and composed by Robert Millikan’s sister, Ann Millikan. The symphony kicks off a weekend dedicated to Robert Millikan, who died in October 2012, that also features a symposium from the epidemiology department and a regatta hosted by the men’s crew team.
Robert Millikan was the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology at UNC, served as a faculty adviser for the men’s crew team and conducted cancer research in Ireland as a Fulbright scholar. According to Ann Millikan, the symphony and surrounding events are an excellent way for the community to honor her brother.
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Time: Friday at 8:00 pm
Location: Hill Hall
“He had a positive impact on many people, and I wanted to honor that, from the students he mentored to his colleagues in the science field as well as his musician friends,” she said.
UNC music professor Donald Oehler said the rich history surrounding Robert Millikan’s involvement with the CHP — which Oehler conducts — makes the symphony even sweeter. Robert Millikan played chamber music with Jerry and Barbara Hulka, the latter being the namesake for his professorship. The Hulkas were founding members of the philharmonia.