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Tobias Ayer

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Department(s) Science
Title(s) Chair of the Science Department, Instructor in Physics
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Degree(s) B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Phil., Oxford University
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Toby taught physics to freshmen at MIT for seven years, during which time he also taught linguistics at MIT, Harvard and Northeastern. He was an assistant heavyweight crew coach at Harvard for two years, and the varsity boys crew coach at Brookline High School for four years. While growing up in Vermont, Toby spent many summers performing as a juggler in Circus Smirkus, a traveling international youth circus. He went to MIT intending to study physics and philosophy, but the philosophy morphed into linguistics, which he continued to pursue in England as a Rhodes Scholar. Toby was a varsity oarsman at both MIT and Oxford, and continued to row after returning to Boston. In the last several years he has won medals at the Head of the Charles, Canadian Henley, the Elite National Championships, and both the European and World Indoor Rowing Championships.

At Salisbury, Toby teaches physics, coaches rowing, and chairs the Science Department. Two years ago his book “The Sphinx of the Charles,” a profile of a legendary Harvard rowing coach, was published. He and his wife live in Ward Dormitory with their son and daughter.

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