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Samuel A. Goudsmit Papers, 1921–1979

These papers document the career of Samuel A. Goudsmit, who served on the physics faculty at University of Michigan, and on the staff of Brookhaven National Laboratory. Goudsmit also served as head of the ALSOS mission, an American scientific intelligence combat unit whose main objective was to determine German progress in developing an atomic bomb. The papers consist primarily of correspondence (1921-1978) which documents his career from his discovery (with George Uhlenbeck) of the electron spin (1927), through his work as editor-in-chief at the American Physical Society (APS) (1951-1974), to his post as visiting professor at the University of Nevada (1974-1978).

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