Fiat Lux Redux: Ansel Adams and Clark Kerr

Clark Kerr (1911-2003)

Clark Kerr, President of the University of California, c. 1966, Photograph by Moulin Studios

Clark Kerr, President of the University of California, c. 1966, Photograph by Moulin Studios

Clark Kerr (1911-2003)  

Clark Kerr’s academic and professional life and the history of UC and, especially, the Berkeley campus, were virtually synonymous during his 58-year tenure as faculty member, Berkeley chancellor, and president.  More than any other individual, Kerr defined the University of California during its greatest period of growth and international acclaim, which is spectacularly illustrated in the Fiat Lux photographs he commissioned from Ansel AdamsHis encouragement of a liberal learning environment earned him the enmity and distrust of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Governor Ronald Reagan and led to his dismissal by the Regents in 1967.