|Your hometown?||Hagerstown, Indiana, a small town near the Ohio border.|
|Alma mater?||A.B. Indiana University, Ph. D. Cornell University, postdoctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.|
|Why Wesleyan?||I've taught at large institutions such as MIT and smaller places such as Bates College and Wheelock College, and I love the small liberal arts college environment.
Here I work with physics majors as well as non-science majors, and I enjoy having faculty friends from all over campus.
|Your teaching?||I enjoy introducing students to astronomy and astrophysics. I get a thrill out of working with students at all levels. Seeing a general education astronomy student master problem solving is rewarding, as is taking a physics major on an observing trip.
I also teach physics classes and Gateway, where my favorite topic is The Music of The Beatles.
|Wesleyan students?||Motivated, bright, hard-working, and really nice people.|
|Biggest thrill?||Having an asteroid (3506 French) named after me and receiving an award for climbing all 48 of the 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire.|
|For fun?||In the winter, Illinois Wesleyan basketball! In the summer, gardening and the aforementioned hiking. Year-round, singing and listening to music, and spending time with my husband, Ron Emmons, and my daughters.|
|The best?||Hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or the Yorkshire Dales; planning new adventures with Ron.|
|Favorite book?||Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers. I also enjoy reading English detective novels and police procedurals by authors such as Bill James, Peter Robinson, Reginald Hill, and Elizabeth George.|
|Favorite movie?||A Hard Day's Night, Diva, or Hoosiers, depending on whether I'm in the mood for rock music, opera, or basketball.|
|Favorite music?||Too much! The Beatles, of course, plus Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Lucinda Williams, Ruben Blades, Victor Jara, and bluesman Robert Johnson. I also love opera, especially Verdi, and I think Maria Callas is the greatest singer ever.|
|Favorite quote?||"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans." – John Lennon|
Linda French was named a Visiting Professor of Physics at the University of York, England, for her spring 2010 sabbatical. While there she researched the life of York astronomer John Goodricke (1764-1786).
After joining Illinois Wesleyan's faculty in 2002, French received a prestigious Cottrell College Science Award in 2005.