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The Marc H. Brodsky Fund
for Oral History of Physicists in Industry

This permanently restricted endowment enabled the American Institute of Physics, the Center for History of Physics and the Niels Bohr Library & Archives to interview important industrial physicists each year, transcribe and preserve their oral histories, and make them available to researchers now and in the future.

The Brodsky Fund came at a critical time. Work to document and study the rich history of industrial research has been surprisingly limited. Few corporations maintain in-house archives, and perhaps even fewer academic and public archives collect and preserve the history of science-based industry. The resulting scarcity of significant and readily accessible documentary sources has limited the ability of historians and others to explore and understand one of the most vital and productive sectors of our society. This, in turn, means that managers and scientists are unable to learn or profit from their company's useable past. Under Marc Brodsky's leadership, AIP began to address this issue, conducting a pioneering, five-year project to document the history of physicists in industry that concluded at the end of 2007. The project involved researchers conducting short interviews with approximately 100 industrial physicists and laid the groundwork for new approaches to documenting the work of physicists in the corporate world. The Marc H. Brodsky Fund for Oral History helped us to continue this work in perpetuity.

The Marc H. Brodsky Fund for Oral History of Physicists in Industry
Established March 29, 2007

Lead Gifts
Lois and Julian Brodsky Family
John and Elizabeth Armstrong

Additional Gifts
AVS: Science & Technology of Materials, Interfaces, and Processing
William Brinkman
Morrell Cohen
Bruce Curran
Robert Doering and Texas Instruments
Millie Dresselhaus
Mark Ketchen
Daniel Kleppner
James McGroddy
Richard Meserve
Stanford Ovshinsky
Roland Schmitt
William Shields, Janis Research Company
Trey Smith and Science Applications International Corporation
James Stith

We are soliciting additional gifts for the Fund; please contact AIP’s Development Office at 301-209-3006 or development@aip.org, or make a secure online gift at donate.aip.org/helphistory. The American Institute of Physics, Center for History of Physics is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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