1923 – Born on the 27th of November in Buffalo, New York.
– He attended the University of Buffalo for two years before joining the U.S. Army Air Force as an instructor in aerial photography.
1947 – He then returned to Buffalo to receive his B.S. and then to the University of Illinois.
1949 – Received his M.A. from the University of Illinois.
1951 – Joined the General Electric Research and Development Center.
1952 – Earned his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
1970 – Received GE R&D Center’s highest award, the Coolidge Fellowship.
1976-1977 – Elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
1978 – Joined the Rensselaer faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Physics.
1983 – Member of the Board of Trustees of the Dudley Observatory and served as its President.
– Director of Bellevue Research Foundation and an Advisor to the Ecosystems Center – Marine Biological Laboratory.
1985 – Became Institute Professor of Physics.
– He was a visiting scientist at Rockefeller University.
1996 – Charles Palmer Bean died on the 30th of September.