My branch of the Sprott family originated in Scotland and migrated to Northern Ireland for a few generations. In 1838, Robert Sprott (1808-1862) decided to try his fortune in the new world, and came to Philadelphia from County Down, Ireland. He remained there for eighteen months before joining his brother Samuel Sprott who had arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828 and then moved to Alabama. Robert Sprott was a rather unsuccessful farmer, but he had seven children, including three boys who were in the Confederate Army. One of these, James Sprott (1834-1864) was mortally wounded at the Battle of New Hope Church, dying a week later in Atlanta. He had three children, one who died as an infant, a girl, and a boy, William Leonidas Sprott (1862-1940) of Memphis, Tennessee, who was my grandfather.
- First Solo Flight (97 KB)
In this Cessna 150 I made my first solo flight on August 22, 1971 at Powell Airport near Knoxville, Tennessee.
- Baby Picture (19 KB)
Here's what I looked like at about 6 months old in 1943.
- Wisconsin Tokapole II (207 KB)
Here I am (right) with Dick Dexter (left) and Stewart Prager (center) at the dedication of the Tokapole II device at the University of Wisconsin in 1976.
- Family Photo (16 KB)
This is a family photo from the mid 1940's. I'm the little one.
- Brother and Father (125 KB)
This is my brother Frank Jr. (left) and father Frank Sr. at church in 1987.
- Magician (92 KB)
Here I am as a young magician in the early 1950's.
- Nephew Skip and Wife Harriett (30 KB)
This is my nephew Skip and his bride Harriett at their wedding in 1988.
- Cub Scout (9 KB)
Here I am as a cub scout in the mid 1950's.
- Father and Mother (13 KB)
This is my father Frank and mother Jimmie (I call her James) in 1989.
- Ham Radio Operator (13 KB)
Here I am as a ham radio operator (K4BOM) in the late 1950's.
- Niece Sherri and Children (85 KB)
This is my niece Sherri with her children Ashley (left), Sean (center), and Matthew (right) at Christmas 1989.
- ROTC Officer (138 KB)
Here I am as a major in high school ROTC with my high school girlfriend Suzanne in 1960.
- Crazy Leg Run (45 KB)
Here I am finishing ahead of someone at the 5-mile Crazy Legs Run in April 1996.
- 607 Center Drive (255 KB)
This is the house where I grew up, 607 Center Drive, Memphis, Tennessee (1949 - 1960).
- Publicity Photo (27 KB)
Here's a professional photo they took of me on the occasion of my winning the UW-Madison Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award in March 1997.
- Donald W. Kerst (103 KB)
This is my former thesis advisor and mentor (1964-1993), Donald W. Kerst.
- Wisconsin Toroidal Octupole (180 KB)
Here I am (center) with John Schmidt (left) and Don Lencioni (right) as a graduate student working on the toroidal octupole at the University of Wisconsin in about 1967.