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Papers of Geoffrey Ivan Opat, 1935- . Physicist; Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Melbourne, Australia (1973-2000); Professorial Fellow in Physics there after his retirement in 2001. Has published widely in the fields of nuclear physics and particle physics. Fulbright Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania, 1961-64; research associate at Rutherford High Energy Laboratory UK, 1970-71; visiting professor at the University of British Columbia, 1976-77 and the University of Washington Seattle, 1990. Research interests in experimental and theoretical investigations of properties of nuclei, atoms, optics, neutron physics, elementary particles and gravitation. Personal records, including lecture notes, orations, research publications, records of public committees and research notes. Ca. 1950-2002. Collection is unprocessed. Ca. 40 lin. meters.
Glenbow Museum. Archives. 130-9th Ave. S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 0P3, Canada (Contact: Archivist)
Records of the Canadian Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Established in June 1949 by geophysicists involved in the search for petroleum in Alberta. Encouraged in their formation by representatives of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists in the U.S., with which they are affiliated. Original and continuing goals are to promote the science of geophysics, especially as it applies to petroleum exploration, and to promote fellowship and cooperation among persons interested in geophysical problems. Primary activity is holding monthly technical meetings. Has provided technical advice and literature to the Calgary Public Library; established a scholarship program and a lecture program for schools; established an awards program and a technical journal. After 1972 became active in the Canadian Geoscience Council, and helped establish the Chair of Geophysics at the University of Calgary. Collection not fully processed; contact repository for information. 14 meters, 170 photographs, 14 audio cassettes.
Niels Bohr Archive. Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark (Contact: Finn Aaserud)
Addition to the papers of Aage Bohr, 1922. Born 1922, son of Niels Bohr. Took over leadership of the Copenhagen Institute for Theoretical Physics on his father's death. He shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1975 with his close collaborators Ben Mottelson and James Rainwater, for their contribution to the theory of the collective properties of atomic nuclei. Addition of 19 boxes contains scientific and administrative correspondence from 1981-1993 (8 boxes), and materials regarding funding and international cooperation, particularly with Eastern Bloc countries from 1965-1980 (11 boxes). 1950-1993. Unprocessed. Access by application. Contact repository. 19 boxes.
Deutsches Museum. Museumsinsel 1, 80306, Munich, Germany (Contact: Archivist)
Papers of Ernst Mach, 1838-1916. Physicist; worked in optics, acoustics, ballistics and gas dynamics; developed a theory of cognition; later on concentrated on physiology and historical studies of physics. Includes publications; correspondence (approximately 2,700 letters); manuscripts; notebooks; and photographs (approximately 950), mostly negative and positive glass plates, taken between 1885 and 1895. Contact repository for more information.
California Institute of Technology. Institute Archives. 1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA (Contact: Judith Goodstein or Shelley Erwin)
Oral history interview with Seymour Benzer, 1921-. Benzer was Crafoord laureate and James G. Boswell Professor of Neuroscience, Caltech, 1967-1993. Benzer recounts visits to Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1948-1949); Max Delbrück at Caltech (1949-1951); the Pasteur Institute with Andre Lwoff, Francois Jacob, and Jacques Monod (1951-1952); the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, with Francis Crick and Sydney Brenner (1957-1958); Roger Sperry's lab at Caltech (1956-1967); and intermittently Woods Hole and Cold Spring Harbor -- all while on the faculty at Purdue (1945-1967). In the early 1960s he participated in the establishment of the Salk Institute and in 1967 became professor of biology at Caltech. Talks about the early years and flourishing of molecular biology, including recollections of such pioneers as Salvador Luria, Tenato Dulbecco, Francis Crick, James Watson, Gunther Stent, and Delbrück's phage group. Discusses his own work on r-mutants of bacteriophage, genetic fine structure, behavioral mutants of Drosophila, and monoclonal antibodies. Interview conducted by Heidi Aspaturian between Sept. 1990 and Feb. 1991. Transcript: 139 pp. (11 sessions).
Oral history interview with Peter Goldreich, 1939-. Astrophysicist. Professor of Astronomy & Planetary Science from 1969; Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Physics from 1981, California Institute of Technology. Personal history, beginning with work at Cornell under T. Gold on solar system dynamics and moving into study of disk galaxies and planetary bodies; most recent research on plasma density fluctuations in interstellar space. Interview includes lengthy discussion of LIGO project (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) and personal and institutional controversies connected therewith. Oral history interview conducted by Shirley K. Cohen in 1998. Transcript: 103 pp. (5 sessions).
Addition to the papers of George Ellery Hale, 1868-1938. Astrophysicist (stellar spectroscopy). Professor of astrophysics, University of Chicago and director, Yerkes Observatory, 1895-1905; founder and director of the Mount Wilson Observatory of the Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1904-1923. Additional donation of a diary written by Hale from the year 1901, with transcription by the donor, Professor Wallace Sargent.
Addition to the papers of G. W. (George William) Housner, 1910-. Earthquake engineer. Trained as a civil engineer, Housner was a pioneer in the field of earthquake engineering. Contains correspondence, consulting files, organizational files, teaching materials, and manuscripts. Collection is unprocessed. 54 lin. ft.; 51 boxes and collection of engineering apparatus.
George W. Housner Rare Book Collection. The collection includes numerous landmark works in the history of physics and is especially rich in early works on earthquakes; the oldest and rarest of these is an account of the Mainz earthquake of 1528 by Fridericus Nausea, published in 1531 by Johann Schoeffer, son of Peter Schoeffer, who was Gutenberg's partner. Also includes a set of Namazu-e, Japanese prints depicting the cause of earthquakes in the form of a giant catfish (ca. 1855). Approx. 270 volumes.
Addition to the papers of Charles Christian Lauritsen, 1892-1968. Professor of Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1930-1962. Addition of one box of photographs (0.5 lin. ft.) donated by the Lauritsen family. 1927-1977. 0.5 lin. ft.
Papers of G. (Gerry) Neugebauer, 1932-. Physicist, astronomer. Pioneer in infrared astronomy and director of the Palomar Observatory from 1980 to 1994. Includes technical notebooks, documents concerning the Palomar and Keck Observatories, teaching materials, documents relating to LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), and photographic images. (21 boxes). Materials relating to LIGO closed until 2015. 10 lin. ft.
Addition to the manuscript collection of Palomar Observatory. Small collection of miscellaneous papers relating to Palomar telescope. Collection of original optical shop job record cards and miscellaneous files. Addition donated in 2002 includes six binders of logs and notebooks and one bound master index to the 48-inch Palomar telescope sky survey. The logs were associated with the activities of Rudolf Minkowski and Ira Bowen. 1936-1949. Partially processed. 2 lin. ft.
Oral history interview with John H. Schwarz, 1941-. Research Associate and later Harold Brown Professor of Theoretical Physics at California Institute of Technology from 1972. Interview includes personal and scientific history, beginning with work on S-matrix theory (graduate study with G. Chew, Berkeley); early history of string theory and Schwarz's work on the same; collaboration with A. Neveu and J. Scherk from France, later M. Green from University of London and stints at CERN and Aspen. State of theoretical physics at Caltech and string theory today. Interview conducted by Sara Lippincott in 2000. Transcript: 94 pp. (2 sessions).
Oral history interview with Eugene M. Shoemaker, 1928-1997. Professor of Geology and Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, 1972-1985. Interview covers his early life, his entry into Caltech, education and early work with the USGS; his creation of the field of astrogeology and his early involvement with NASA and the lunar space program to 1963. Interview conducted by Shirley K. Cohen in 1995 as the first installment of an oral history that was never completed due to Shoemaker's untimely death. Transcript: 21 pp.
Addition to the papers of Gerald Joseph Wasserburg, 1927-. Geophysicist; John D. MacArthur Professor of Geology and Geophysics at Caltech and 1986 Crafoord Laureate. Known for work in planetary science. Includes material from geological, planetological and cosmic research. Spanning more than five decades, the collection includes material from early meteorite research with Harold Urey; involvement with NASA on the Apollo missions; experiments with lunar samples; and the prodigious output of his research group, the Lunatic Asylum. Also includes a wealth of memorabilia, in addition to documentation of Wasserburg's role on many scientific advisory committees. Partially processed and incomplete. 91 lin. ft.
Oral history interview with Rainer Weiss. Professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Session focuses on Weiss's involvement with the LIGO project (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), in addition to providing some biographical background. LIGO discussion includes origins of the project and early history; the "troika" of Weiss, R. Drever and K. Thorne; the scientific concept; subsequent management issues, including the Drever-Vogt controversy. Oral history interview conducted by Shirley K. Cohen in 2000. Transcript: 54 pp.
Oral history interview with J. A. (James Adolph) Westphal, 1930-. Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology, 1966-1998. Interview includes substantial personal, institutional. and scientific history. Westphal relates his activities in a range of areas including geology, physics, optics, astronomy, and instrument building. He has been director of the Palomar Observatory (1933-1997), acting co-director of the Keck Observatory, and active at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The interview includes the story of his design of the Wide-Field Planetary Camera for the Hubble Space Telescope, beginning in 1977. Oral history interview conducted by Shirley K. Cohen in 1998. Transcript: 199 pp. (6 sessions).
Oral history interview with Ward Whaling, 1923-. Professor of physics, California Institute of Technology, 1949-1993. Interview covers personal and institutional history. Whaling came to Caltech in 1949 to join the research group in nuclear physics at the Kellogg Laboratory; work on measurement of nuclear masses. Reminiscences of Kellogg Group: C.C. and Thomas Lauritsen, W. Fowler, C. Barnes, A. Tollestrup; visitors F. Ajzenberg-Selove, F. Hoyle; members of the theoretical physics group: R. Christy, M. Gell-Mann, R. Feynman; physics chairman R. Bacher. Social and recreational activities at Caltech over 50 year span. Interview conducted by Shelley Erwin in 1999. Transcript: 106 pp. (4 sessions).
Papers of Victor Wouk, 1919-. Electrical engineer. After graduating from Caltech (PhD 1942), Wouk devoted himself largely to the development of hybrid motor vehicles and the use of semiconductors in electric vehicles. The range of his activities is wide, and he has consulted for several institutions and the government on the problems of energy. Includes correspondence, publications (print and manuscript versions), lectures and seminars, and expert witness testimonies. Partially processed and incomplete. 27 lin. ft. (28 boxes).
Oral history interview with Harold Zirin. Professor of astrophysics, California Institute of Technology, 1964-1998. Zirin recounts his early life and education in astronomy at Harvard; his move westward, eventually to Caltech; astronomy at Caltech; the story of the building of the Big Bear Solar Observatory of which he was chief astronomer (1970-1980) and director (1980-1997), and its eventual closure; research, academic and political issues at Caltech, including grievance process. Oral history interview conducted by Shirley K. Cohen in 1998. Transcript: 82 pp. (3 sessions).
Carnegie Institution of Washington. Library of the Observatories. 813 Santa Barbara Street, Pasadena, CA 91101, USA (Contact: Librarian)
Carnegie photographic plate collection, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Observatories. The Mount Wilson Solar Observatory was founded in 1904 by George Ellery Hale with the support of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. In pursuit of his goals to understand the internal physics of the Sun and the stars, Hale soon added stellar telescopes to the initial solar telescopes on Mount Wilson, the first being the 60-inch, then the 100-inch Hooker telescope. In 1928 the Rockefeller Foundation funded a 200-inch telescope on Palomar Mountain which was operated by California Institute of Technology. The two observatories formed a partnership that lasted until 1980. In 1969 the Carnegie astronomers established the Las Campanas Observatory high in the reaches of Chile's Atacama Desert and the 40-inch and the 100-inch telescopes were moved there. Las Campanas became Carnegie's principal observing site. The Carnegie plate collection contains photographic imaging plates from Mount Wilson, Palomar and Las Campanas Observatories, which comprise a unique and historically important record of some of the most fundamental astronomical and cosmological discoveries of the twentieth century. For example, the plate collections include those of Milton Humason, Edwin Hubble, and Allan Sandage, as well as the plates used in the discovery of the expansion of the universe, those used by Walter Baade to understand and define stellar populations, and the plates used by Sandage to understand stellar evolution and stellar age. Other important plate archives in the collection are those of Halton Arp, Rudolph Minkowski, and George Ellery Hale. 1890s-1990s. 100,000 photographic imaging plates.
Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. New York, NY 10027, USA (Contact: Curator)
Papers of C. S. (Chien-shiung) Wu, 1912-1997. Physicist; one of a very few women who worked with Enrico Fermi in Chicago, and participated in wartime Radiation Laboratory experiments at Columbia University; remarkable for beta decay and parity studies, and her many distinguished students. First woman to lead the American Physical Society. Includes biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, personal items, reports, reprints, student notebooks and papers, and other materials relating to her principal experiments on beta decay and parity. Notable persons also found in the collection include T. D. Lee. 1946-1985. Collection is unprocessed. Contact repository. 10 record cartons.
Cornell University. Carl A. Kroch Library. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections. University Archives 2B Carl A. Kroch Library, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA (Contact: Elaine Engst)
Papers of Robert R. Wilson, 1914-2000. Physicist; received A.B. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1936. Studied with Prof. Ernest O. Lawrence there and received the Ph.D. in 1940. Known for expertise in designing and constructing cyclotrons and synchrotrons, serving as a consultant on projects around the world. He was also highly regarded as a lecturer and teacher of physics and historian of world affairs relating to the developing uses of atomic energy. Memorabilia documenting the development of atomic energy research and high energy physics in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Includes manuscripts, correspondence (including many requests to give talks or seminars or advice on building accelerators), papers, talks, articles, clippings, notes and notebooks, course materials, memorabilia, professional papers; drawings, designs and photographs of some of the buildings, accelerators and equipment he helped design, as well as some of his sculptures. Among the personal papers in the collection are some family letters, documents, and photographs, as well as designs and plans for his homes in New Mexico and Florida. 1936-2000. 12.3 cu. ft.
Indiana University. University Archives. Bryan Hall 201 Bloomington, IN 47405-1214. USA (Contact: Philip Bantin or Dina Kellams)
Papers of Robert d'Escourt Atkinson, 1898-1982. Astronomer, physicist and inventor; known for work in general physics, atomic synthesis and stellar energy, precision astrometry and fundamental astronomy, instrumentation, and relativity. Born in Wales; graduated Hertford College with honors in physics in 1922; remained there for his MA while a research assistant at Clarendon Laboratory. Ph.D. in 1928 in Göttingen, Germany. Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, 1930-1937. Returned as Chief Assistant to Royal Observatory at Greenwich in 1937 until called away during World War II to do anti-magnetic mine work. In 1944 was lent to Ballistic Research Laboratory at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland to work under Edwin Hubble for two years. Returned to Royal Observatory where he retired in 1964 and came to Indiana University as a visiting professor. Includes student papers; teaching materials; conference materials; correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts and reprints of papers by Atkinson and others; clippings; photographs and other audio visual materials. Important topics include materials on work at the Royal Observatory (1936-1978); American Astronomical Society and International Astronomical Union meetings; other astrophysical meetings; research materials, notes and manuscripts on relativity (1924-1981) and astrometry (1931-1981); faculty and teaching materials from Indiana University Department of Astronomy. 1893-1981. Finding aid completed. 7.4 cu. ft.
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Archives. PO Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000, USA (Contact: Diane Rabson)
Papers of Vincent Edward Lally, 1922-. Postwar ballooning pioneer (using zero-pressure and super-pressure balloons); first director of the National Scientific Balloon Facility (NSBF) in Palestine, Texas and the Flight Facility in Christchurch, New Zealand (both managed by NCAR). Includes logbooks of balloon flights, photographs, NCAR technical notes, manuscripts, publications, oral history (transcribed). Also includes records, mainly technical notes, about NCAR field projects such as the Global Atmospheric Research Program (GARP), the Equatorial Wind Experiment (EWE), Tropospheric Wind Earth Radio Location Experiment (TWERLE), as well as many ballooning projects. 10 cu. ft.
Records of the High Altitude Observatory (HAO). Founded as a Harvard University observation station in Climax, Colorado in 1940. Incorporated under the laws of Colorado in 1946, in 1951 it became a separate institution, with trustees appointed by Harvard and the University of Colorado. About 1954, Harvard's official connections with the station were dissolved. Became a department with the University of Colorado and was integrated as a research division of NCAR in 1960. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was created in 1960 to provide a facility for the collection and analysis of data from the atmosphere. The center was established by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR - 14 universities with departments of meteorology) with initial funding from the National Science Foundation. Includes records of coronal observations in Climax, Colorado, 1940-1948; photographs, correspondence, administrative records, records of eclipses, records of satellite-borne instruments, 1948-1960, when the observatory became a department of the University of Colorado. Ca. 1940-1990s. 45 cu. ft.
Records of the Atmospheric Technology Division. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) was created in 1960 to provide a facility for the collection and analysis of data from the atmosphere. The center was established by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR - 14 universities with departments of meteorology) with initial funding from the National Science Foundation. Includes logbooks of balloon flights; correspondence; proposals; financial records; records of the Research Aviation Facility. Ca. 1960s-1990s. 25 cu. ft.
Oberlin College. Archives. 420 Mudd Center, Oberlin, OH 44074, USA (Contact: Roland Baumann)
Papers of David L. Anderson, 1919-1996. Physicist; born in Portland, Oregon; served in the U.S. Navy and at Los Alamos (1943-1946) during World War II. Attended Harvard University; S.B. 1941, A.M. 1947, Ph.D. 1950. Professor (1948-1984) and department chair (1963-1972) in the physics department at Oberlin College; ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1956. Author of several books, including The Discovery of the Electron (1964), The Discovery of Nuclear Fission (with Hans Graetzer, 1971), and Discoveries in Physics (1973). Contains both personal (1938-1993) and professional (1942-1994) papers that mostly document Anderson's adult life. Personal papers include correspondence and items relating to Anderson's ministry, family, Navy service, health and car insurance, investments, and retirement. Personal and family life are revealed through correspondence. Classroom notes, papers, tests, and quizzes from courses in mathematics and physics document Anderson's undergraduate and graduate work at Harvard University (1937-1948). Professional papers exist for activities directly relating to Oberlin College, and for external professional involvement. Included are correspondence, memoranda, notes, class syllabi, students' papers and exams, lecture outlines, drafts and final copies of books and articles written by Anderson, equipment and business trip records, grant applications, professional literature, and some photographs. Instructional and student files (1948-1988) include lecture notes, laboratory experiments, syllabi, grade books, handouts, and copies of examinations. A glimpse of his work at Los Alamos and contributions to the development of the atomic bomb can be found in his service papers, and recollections in newspapers articles, Harvard alumni bulletins, and correspondence. The Writings series is comprised largely of materials relating to technical articles, book reviews and monographs. 1937-1994. Certain restrictions apply; contact repository. 17.95 lin. ft.
Records of the Oberlin College. Dept. of Physics. Oberlin College Physics Department traces its origins to early mathematics and natural philosophy offerings in the collegiate curriculum of the 1830s. From 1890 to 1910 physics instruction was given by the department of physics and astronomy, an adjunct branch of mathematics. In 1910 a separate chair in physics was created. Before 1910, important faculty include Elisha Gray (1835-1901), a pioneer in telephone technology. General departmental records, 1940-1984, the bulk of which originate with chairmen Lloyd William Taylor, Carl Ellis Howe, and David L. Anderson, provide information about facilities, budgets, curriculum, faculty members, and grants. This first subgroup is comprised of correspondence and memoranda, course descriptions, syllabi and exams, a ledger of experiments, personnel evaluations, meeting minutes, and writings by faculty members. Subgroup II, Organizations and Activities, contains items related to societies and events sponsored by the physics department including a bound volume of minutes, 1909-1922, from the Physical Science Club, a calendar of events and memoranda to physics majors regarding the Physics Club, 1968-1977, and information concerning the visiting scientists programs, 1956-1971. Departmental papers and records attributable to the work of specific staff and faculty members reside in Subgroup III. Each series documents the professional work of the creator through correspondence, research files, class records, student submissions, laboratory notebooks, and published writings. Elisha Gray's series contains letters relating to his inventions, especially his work with the telephone and subsequent controversy with Alexander Graham Bell over the patent. Correspondents include Alexander Graham Bell, Charles H. Churchill, Henry Cummins, Charles Grandison Fairchild, Alexander L. Hayes, and George Frederick Wright. Includes articles about Gray and documentation from the U.S. Patent Office. 1873-1994. 11 lin. ft.
Lloyd William Taylor (1893-1948) and Esther Bliss Taylor Papers. Physicist; studied and taught at the University of Chicago, coming to Oberlin College in 1924 upon appointment as chairman of the department of physics. Author of several books including Physics: The Pioneer Science (1941); College Manual of Optics (1924); co-author with Carl Ellis Howe of General Physics for the Laboratory (1926). President of the American Association of Physics Teachers; board member of the American Institute of Physics; member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Physical Society, the Ohio Academy of Science, the Optical Society of America. Died at age 56 in a mountain climbing accident. The papers of Lloyd William Taylor cover the years 1921-1952 (6.6 lin. ft.), and contain his correspondence, writings and talks, and personal records. The bulk of the material pertains to his career as a physicist and his professional and teaching activities in the Oberlin College Department of Physics. Notable correspondents include Robert Andrews Millikan and Arthur H. Compton; there is also significant correspondence concerning the American Association of Physics Teachers (1931-1940). Letters of recommendation for former physics students offer rich documentation of the quality of physics graduates during Taylor's tenure. The papers of Esther Bliss Taylor largely document her role in the local temperance movement. 1904-1980. 9.4 lin. ft.
Papers of Robert E. Warner, 1931-. Physicist. Received BS degree from Antioch College in 1954; PhD from the University of Rochester in 1959. On the faculty in the Oberlin College Physics Department from 1965 to 2001. Taught a wide variety of courses, including a course in musical acoustics, and performed research in experimental nuclear physics. Retired in 2001. Consists of reprints of Warner's articles (1959-2002); a list of his publications, 1959-2002; and materials (including a photograph) relating to his 1999 award from the American Physical Society, "Prize to a Faculty Member for Research in an Undergraduate Institution;" curriculum vitae from 1999; and a file concerning his retirement in 2001. 1959-2002. 0.3 lin. ft.
Papers of Robert Weinstock, 1919-. Physicist; in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Began teaching career in 1943 at Stanford University while working on PhD thesis. Worked at the Radio Research Laboratory at Harvard University on radar countermeasures throughout 1945; returned to Stanford in 1946 to teach math until 1954. Taught math for five years after that at Notre Dame College in South Bend, Indiana. Filled a sabbatical opening at Oberlin College in 1958; replaced Professor of Physics Forest G. Tucker who retired in 1960. Remained at Oberlin, with a sabbatical at Oxford University in 1965-66; became Emeritus Professor in 1983; retired in 1990. Consists mainly of correspondence. As an active reviewer of books, instructional texts and articles submitted for publication to the American Journal of Physics, includes extensive series of letters to authors and to the editor of AmJPhys, 1966-2000; additional correspondence with the editors regarding his own submissions, 1961-1991. Discussion of the Principia argument with other physics instructors, 1979-1982. Teaching and research files include documents from early work at Stanford in 1943; files from NSF Faculty Fellowship at Oxford University, England, 1965-66 as well as later sabbaticals spent there. Includes entries for the American Institute of Physics Visiting Scientists Program,1967-71 and for the Ohio Academy of Science Visiting Scientists Program, 1961-71. Also contains reprints of articles written by Weinstock, 1942-2000. 1942-2000. Some restrictions may apply. 3.8 lin. ft.
Stanford University. Department of Special Collections. Stanford, CA 94305, USA (Contact: Jean Deken)
Papers of Alexander L. Fetter, 1937-. Theoretical physicist; joined the Stanford faculty in 1965. Received his B.A. at Williams College in 1958; was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where he won the Scott Prize in Physics in 1960. Received his Ph.D. at Harvard in 1963. At Stanford also served as associated dean of undergraduate studies, 1977-80; head of the Faculty Senate, 1982-83; associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, 1990-93. Received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994. Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Papers concern his professional activities and his administrative duties at Stanford, 1971-1991. Included are correspondence, memoranda, minutes, newsletters, and articles. In addition to the physics department, several committees are represented, including the Committee on Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aids and the Graduate Study Committee. 1971-1991. 9 lin. ft.
Addition to the papers of Theodore H. Geballe, 1920-. Physicist (solid state physics). Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science Engineering at Stanford University. Co-recipient of the Oliver O. Buckley Solid State Physics Prize (1970), and member of the National Academy of Sciences (1973). Addition (bulk 1986-2001) includes research proposals, reports, budgets, etc., 1988-2000; Conference proceedings, speeches/presentations, workshop and meeting files; correspondence and chron files, 1986-97; research agreements and contracts; some Stanford University department records; calendars, 1978-84, 1986. Main topic is superconducting materials and devices. 1970-2001. 8.25 lin. ft.
Papers of A. B. C. Walker, 1936-2001. Born Cleveland, OH. Professor, Stanford University, space physics and astronomy, 1974-. Research focused on radiation from the Sun (extreme ultraviolet light and soft X-rays), affecting chemistry of Earth's upper atmosphere, including the ozone layer. Also worked to develop multi-layer technology in special telescope mirrors that could reflect such radiation, and use it in space. Succeeded in 1987 with a rocket flight that returned the first pictures of the Sun and its corona as seen in those radiation bands. Is credited with helping Stanford produce the most minority physicists with Ph.D.'s in the U.S.; mentor to many, including the first American woman in space, Sally K. Ride. Boxes include the following: Research grant files (proposals, budgets, correspondence, etc.); photo prints, slides, and negatives of images of the Sun; graphs, charts, computer printouts; class files (syllabi, problem sets, exams, etc.); reprints. Ca. 1983-2000. Collection is unprocessed. 18 lin. ft.
United States. Dept. of Energy. Germantown, MD 20874, USA (Contact: Archivist)
Records of the U. S. Atomic Energy Commission Secretariat. One of six subunits of the entire Secretariat series. (Previous units from 1947-1958 have been transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration.) These records are the best source of information concerning the day-to-day activities of the Commission. Subjects cover virtually every topic that concerned the AEC during that period. 1958-1966. May include some classified documents. 129 cu. ft.
Central files of the United States. Dept. of Energy, Office of General Counsel. Comprised of General Counsel central files, including those of former Dept. of Energy General Counsels: Theodore Garrish, Stephen Wakefield, and John Easton; contract files, case files, and patent files. The collection includes the establishment of the Atomic Energy Commission. These files will be useful to scholars researching the history of nuclear science and technology, especially those interested in legal issues connected with the operation of federal facilities and with the commercialization and privatization of the atom. 1947-1992. May include some classified documents. 438 cu. ft.
University of California, Berkeley. The Bancroft Library. Berkeley, CA 94720-6000, USA (Contact: David Farrell)
Papers of Walter D. Knight, 1919-2000. Nuclear physicist, 1919-2000. Professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, 1961-1990. Papers reflect Knight's research in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance and include correspondence, lectures, research notebooks, grant proposals, drafts for papers and teaching materials. 1950-1997. 38 lin. ft.
Addition to the records of the University of California, Berkeley. Dept. of Physics. Addition includes departmental chair files; faculty biography and bibliography; and course materials and examinations. 1949-2002. 58 lin. ft.
University of Chicago. The Joseph Regenstein Library. Department of Special Collections. 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, Il 60637, USA (Contact: Archivist)
Addition to the papers of S. (Subrahmanyan) Chandrasekhar, 1910-1995. Astrophysicist, born in Lahore India (now Pakistan). B.A. from Presidency College, Madras University, in 1930, and Ph.D. and Sc.D. degrees from Cambridge University in 1933 and 1942; appointed a Fellow of Trinity College in 1933. In 1936 Chandrasekhar traveled to the U.S. to give lectures at Harvard College Observatory and at the Yerkes Observatory of the University of Chicago; he accepted appointment at the University of Chicago and came to Yerkes Observatory in 1937 as a research associate. He was made an assistant professor in 1938, associate professor in 1942, and professor in 1944. His appointment was expanded to include not only the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics but also the Department of Physics and the Enrico Fermi Institute of Nuclear Studies. Managing editor of the Astrophysical Journal from 1952 to 1971. In 1983 Chandrasekhar was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Addition (1927-1999) includes correspondence; manuscripts; reprints; lecture notes; biographical materials; awards; certificates; National Academy of Sciences files; letters of recommendation (restricted); personal correspondence (restricted); cassette tapes including a set from a tribute to S. Chandrasekhar on WBEZ Chicago in 1995; publications; newspaper clippings; photographs; ephemera; VHS tapes; medals; honorary degrees; interview transcripts. 1927-1999. Contact repository for information on access. 53 lin. ft.
Papers of Morrel H. Cohen, 1927-. Physicist. Major affiliations include: University of Chicago and Exxon Research Laboratories. Includes subject files; lectures; conference papers; correspondence; committee records; research notes; reports; articles; manuscripts; survey; NSF files; files from Exxon Research and Engineering Company; awards and honorary degrees; papers and articles by various authors; employee and candidate files for positions at Exxon Research Laboratories (restricted); reviews; project files and budgets; and an oral history of Morrel Cohen. 1957-1985. Accessioned by repository; contact repository for information on access. 104.25 lin. ft.
Papers of Ugo Fano, 1912-2001. Professor of physics at the University of Chicago and a leader in theoretical atomic physics. Includes correspondence; drafts; offprints. Ca. 1960s-1980s. Contact repository for information on access. 10 lin. ft.
Papers of Lawrence H. (Lawrence Herman) Lanzl, 1921-2001. Medical physicist. Includes class notes (extending back to grade school); reports; memos and information about the Manhattan Project; newspaper and magazine articles documenting the atomic bomb; copies of publications and papers; correspondence; files on various professional and scientific societies; laboratory notebooks; conference programs and pamphlets; and scrapbooks. Ca. 1940s-1990s. Contact repository for information on access. 34.25 lin. ft.
Papers of Peter Meyer, 1920-2002. Director of the Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago, 1978-. Includes correspondence; course materials and teaching notes; manuscripts of lectures; sets of slides with diagrams used in presentations; departmental files; and photographs showing Meyer conducting various cosmic ray experiments with inflatable balloons from the ground and from the air aboard Air Force B-52s. 1948-1989. Contact repository for information on access. 65 lin. ft.
Papers of Robert L. (Robert Leroy) Platzman, 1918-1973. Physical chemist. Includes correspondence with James Franck and Arthur H. Compton. 1944-1952. Contact repository for information on access. 0.1 lin. ft.
Papers of Robert Green Sachs, 1916-1999. Theoretical physicist. Includes correspondence; subject files including those for the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; conference activities and programs; files from the 40th anniversary symposium on the first controlled nuclear chain reaction; papers; invitation lists; committee minutes and reports; lecture notes; manuscript versions for Physics of Time Reversal; photographs; National Academy of Sciences nomination ballots and elections information (restricted). 1947-1999. Contact repository for information on access. 16.5 lin. ft.
Papers of David N. Schramm, 1945-1997. Cosmologist; 1945-1997. Collection contains correspondence; subject files including those for organizations and committees for which Schramm was a member; National Academy of Sciences files; manuscripts; articles; files on his published books; payroll expense reports (restricted); conference files; transparencies used for talks; photographs; certificates; NSF and NASA grant proposals; administrative files from Schramm's tenure as Vice President of Research at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory; letters of recommendation (restricted); various University of Chicago department files including Physics and Astronomy, and Astrophysics; course materials. 1967-1997. Contact repository for information on access. 61.75 lin. ft.
Addition to the papers of John A. (John Alexander) Simpson, 1916-2000. Graduate work at New York University; activity in the Metallurgical Laboratory during World War II and faculty and research at the University of Chicago. Chairman of the Atomic Scientists of Chicago. Addition, dating from the 1970s-1980s, includes books; offprints; scientific journals; data from geophysical monitoring projects. 1940-1988. Contact repository for information on access. 432 lin. ft.
Papers of Francis Test. Physicist. Includes correspondence; papers relating to work on the Manhattan project; diplomas; certificates; photographs; Manhattan Project lapel pin; death certificate and obituary; first U.S. patent for nuclear reactor; letter from wife Ruth to Gerald Ford; genealogical information; papers of Ruth Clara Riefling Test. Ca. 1920s-1950s. Contact repository for information on access. 0.5 lin. ft.
Papers of M. (Marvin) Wilkening, 1918-. Physicist; born 1918. Includes correspondence; photographs; notes; research data; reprints; articles; newspaper clippings. 1940-1992. Contact repository for information on access. 0.5 lin. ft.
The Technology of Power Reactors by Walter H. (Walter Henry) Zinn, 1906-2000. Argonne National Laboratory's first director. 1952. Contact repository for information on access. 0.1 lin. ft.
University of Delaware Library. Special Collections Dept. 181 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19717, USA (Contact: Timothy Murray)
Papers of K. W. (Karl Wolfgang) Böer, 1926-. Physicist, engineer and educator. Pioneer in solar cells, solar energy systems, and solid state physics. Received diploma in physics in 1949 from Humboldt University, Berlin; member of faculty there until 1961. Director of the laboratory for dielectric breakdown at the German Academie der Wissenschaften, Berlin, from 1955 to 1961. Came to University of Delaware in 1962 as professor of physics; became professor of physics and engineering in 1972 until retirement in 1994, when he was named Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics and Solar Energy. Fellow of the American Physical Society (1965), the American Solar Energy Society (2000), and the Institute of Electrical Engineers (2001). In 1973 founded and directed the Institute of Energy Conversion. Collection includes correspondence, proposals, data, plans, proceedings, minutes, reports, articles, and publications. Subjects covered include energy conversion, solar energy, the development of research institutions and laboratories for applied solar energy often leading to the establishment of energy companies; also condensed matter physics and documentation of research involving academia, government and industry. Ca. 1962-1992. Contact repository. 127 lin. ft.
University of Michigan. Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113, USA (Contact: Nancy Bartlett)
Papers of Lawrence W. (Lawrence William) Jones, 1925-. Physicist. A member of the University of Michigan Department of Physics faculty from 1952 to 1998. Jones' research interests included particle accelerator design, detector developments, cosmic ray research, and proton accelerators. He was heavily involved in the international high energy physics experiment, L3, based in the CERN laboratory in Switzerland. Jones also led efforts to locate a superconducting super collider in Michigan in the 1980s. The Superconducting Super Collider series (3.5 lin. ft.) consists of proposals, reports, correspondence, maps, and historical materials related to the effort to bring the Department of Energy's Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) to the state of Michigan during the 1980s. The Professional Activities series (1.5 lin. ft.) consists of material related to Jones' research, teaching, and administrative duties, as well as professional correspondence. Papers include course syllabi, cosmic ray program proposals, Midwestern Universities Research Association material, and extensive documentation on efforts to place a superconducting super collider in Michigan, including site evaluations in Dundee and Stockbridge, needs assessments, proposals, reports, clippings, maps, audiotapes and videotapes. 1953-2001. Finding aid completed. 5.0 lin. ft. and 1 oversize folder.
Records of the University of Michigan Dept. of Physics. First course in "Natural Philosophy" offered in 1843; first professor of physics and civil engineering appointed in 1854; first full professor of physics named in 1860. Additional instructors, assistant professors and junior professors were added between 1890 and 1900. Early courses in infrared spectroscopy were followed by discoveries leading to microwave spectroscopy. A theoretical physics program and applied physics program were offered in the 1920s; nuclear physics program added in the 1930s. After World War II the department developed an interest in high energy physics, notably with Donald Glaser's Nobel Prize-winning Bubble Chamber in the 1950s. Contains budget sheets, clippings, committee minutes, correspondence, departmental review reports, organizational charts, personnel records, research records, and photographs and other visual materials. Aside from the L3 Project series, the records are most informative in the administrative proceedings of the department and least informative in curricular and research areas. Correspondence includes letters of John W. Langley, Robert A. Millikan, Harrison Randall, James M. Cork, Ernest Lawrence, Walter Stevens, John O. Reed, Henry Carhart, Karl Guthe, Fred Hodges, Horace R. Crane, and others. Also includes correspondence of chairmen Daniel Sinclair, Richard H. Sands, and Lawrence W. Jones. Efforts to locate a superconducting super collider in Michigan in the 1980s are well documented in these records. The University of Michigan's participation in the large, multi-institutional high-energy physics experiment called L3 is a large part of the collection. Also includes photographs, slides, and a video tape from the L3 project. 1873-2002. Finding aid completed. Records are open for research. 9.5 linear ft. and 1 oversize folder.
Washington University. Libraries. University Archives. Campus Box 1061, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, USA
Addition to the papers of E. T. (Edwin T.) Jaynes, 1922-1998. Wayman Crow Professor of Physics, Washington University. Died 1998. Includes papers from throughout his professional career including correspondence, lecture notes, dissertation research material, presentations, etc. Ca. 1950-1995. Papers are unprocessed. 15 cu. ft.
Addition to the papers of Alexander Langsdorf, Jr., 1912-1996.
American physicist. Ephemera relating to the development of the atomic
bomb and the McCarthy Red Scare. Includes resolutions against further
development of atomic energy by such groups as the American Physical Society,
the Atomic Scientists of Chicago, and the Independent Citizens Committee
of the Arts, Sciences, and the Professions. Also included in the collection
are reprints of publications by Arthur Holly Compton and a transcript
of Langsdorf's security hearing before the Atomic Energy Commission in
1956. 1930-1983. Transferred from Fermilab. Finding aid completed. No
restrictions on access. 4 boxes.