School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

1965: Atmospheric and space science students met with division head Dr. Francis Johnson (left, foreground) as they began their summer research assignments.

Founders' 50th logo

In 1962, a group of distinguished scientists arrived in North Dallas to undertake an ambitious experiment – to build a “Community of Scholars” in the Southwest to conduct fundamental research and provide graduate-level education in science and mathematics.

Their endeavors formed the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest, a precursor to The University of Texas at Dallas. The first research divisions were atmospheric and space sciences, geosciences, and mathematics and mathematical physics. These soon were followed by a division devoted to molecular science and genetics. Together these programs formed the core that would become the university’s School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

During the next several months, the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will celebrate its Founders’ 50th anniversary in tribute to the dedicated individuals who laid its foundation.


Date Event Contact
Dec 8-13, 2013
XXVII Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics Beth Keithly972-883-4568 Questions? Email me.
April 4, 2013 23rd Royston Clowes Memorial Lecture Victoria Winters
Oct 26, 2012  Celebrate 50 Years of Geosciences, Lecture & Open House reception Georgetta Oliver  972-883-6120
Questions? Email me.

Browse the Pages of History

The Graduate Research Center of the Southwest and the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies produced annual reports from 1963 through 1969. The reports below highlight research projects and operations, and are filled with historical information and photographs.


  • Updated: February 10, 2014