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Dr. Robert A. Millikan: Fundamental Measurements in Electricity and Radiation, 1937

Small Town

Robert Andrews Millikan was born on March 22, 1868 in Morrison, Illinois, the grandson of pioneers who had resettled from New England. He was the second son of six children born to Silas Franklin Millikan, a Congregationalist minister, and Mary Jane Andrews, former dean of women at Olivet College, Michigan. In 1872, the family moved to another small town, that of Maquoketa, Iowa. Millikan grew up working on the farm and attended Maquoketa High School.