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des Sciences. Archives et Patrimoine historique. 23 quai de Conti, 75006
Paris, France. Contact: Florence Greffe.
Papers of Louis Néel,
1904-2000. French geophysicist specializing in magnetism. Contains
notes; speeches, interviews and congratulatory material for Nobel Prize
won in 1970; correspondence; teaching activities; photographs; speeches
for colloquia. Index to correspondents and subjects. 1934-1999. 7 lin.
meters (62 boxes). Some boxes contain restricted materials.
Papers (fonds) of Francis
Henri Perrin, 1901-1992. Theoretical physicist and professor at the
Université de Paris from 1935-1946. He was a director of the French
atomic energy commission when it was established in 1946. In 1951 he took
over as the organization's high commissioner of atomic energy, following
the dismissal of Frédéric Joliot-Curie, until 1970. Includes
biographical documents; scientific titles and works; tributes to other
scientists; scientific notes and manuscripts; Advisory Assembly of the
provisional government of the French Republic; correspondence sent and
received; and material on courses taught in the Collège de France
from 1946-1972. 1917-1973. 11 cartons.
Academy of Sciences. Archive. ul. 34 Novocheremushkinskaia, 117218 Moscow,
Russia. Contact: Archivist.
Addition to the scientific
works, biographical documents, work-related documents, and correspondence
of V. I. (Vitalii Iosifovich) Goldanskii, 1923-2001. Soviet physicist
and chemist. Member of Russian Academy of Sciences from 1981. Worked in
the Physical Institute of the Academy of Sciences and in the Institute
of Chemical Physics. The collection includes speeches, testimonials, manuscripts,
autobiography, correspondence with foreign and domestic scientists, conference
and symposia materials, student exchanges. Most of his work relates to
nuclear physics and chemical physics. Additional material includes manuscripts
and addresses; popularization of science; research reports; administrative
correspondence with Soviet and foreign academic institutions and societies;
conference programs; general correspondence; photographs; and personalia.
1956-1999. 1.5 lin. meters (232 folders); additional material, 3.5 lin.
Addition to the scientific
works, research materials, biographical documents, and correspondence
of IA. B. (IAkov Borisovich) Zeldovich, 1914-1987. Soviet Physicist.
Member of the Academy of Sciences from 1958. Worked in the Institute of
Chemical Physics, Nuclear Research Center, Institute for Cosmic Research.
Collection includes working notebooks, drafts of scientific papers, lectures
and correspondence. Zeldovich's idiosyncratic work style left its mark
on his archives and its organization, particularly the notebooks. He recorded
his work (calculations, sketches, articles, reports, and lectures) not
on individual sheets of paper, but in notebooks. These notebooks contain
many subjects, often running together, overlapping, and with no headings
or stopping points, few dates, etc. The same subject is often picked up
again in a different notebook. The notebooks also contain works written
with coauthors and the work of other authors. Collection also includes
reprints of Zeldovich's works in Russian and English for 1934-1970; "Collections
of Works by Academician Ya. B. Zeldovich," 1973-1976, consisting
of 4 volumes compiled in 1989 by B. I. Khlebnikov. The correspondence
contains letters from a number of foreign scientists. Additional material
includes research notebooks; drafts; manuscript reports and addresses;
research reports; reviews; recollections; general notebooks. 1932-1984.
202 folders; additional material, 4.5 lin. meters.
Museum (Great Britain). Library. Imperial College Road, London SW7
5NH, England. Contact: Robert Sharp.
Design of superconducting
machines by A. D. (Anthony Derek) Appleton. Thesis (Ph.D.)
- University of London, 1977. Relates to the research undertaken
with the first superconducting electric motor (Inv. No 1987-1158)
developed in 1966 by the International Research & Development
Co. Ltd. Inscribed and signed on flyleaf. 253 pp.; illustrated (some
color); 30 cm. bound.
Materials relating to
repetition of the "Cavendish experiment" by C. V. (Charles
Vernon) Boys, 1855-1944. Items include: technical drawings regarding
Boys' repetition of the Cavendish experiment, some with annotations;
original sketches of the apparatus used by Boys; 3 notebooks kept
by Boys during the repetition; a portfolio of result traces, summaries
of results, notes, etc.; observations; 18 black and white photographs
of apparatus used in repeating the experiment; and a ms. note to
Mr. Hill of the So. Kensington Museum regarding the experiment apparatus
and radiomicrometer (1900). Also includes the first series of observations
by H. E. Hadley regarding Boys' repetition of the experiment. 1888-1894.
Draft report on certain
optical and other instruments in the Paris [Universal] Exhibition
by Sir David Brewster, 1781-1868. Report by Brewster, as
Vice President of the Jury Class VIII, is addressed to Lord Stanley
of Alderley as President of the Board of Trade. With 4 pp., holograph,
on two leaves, by William Lassell dated March 22 "to be substituted
in Brewster's Report in place of the description of Lassell's Telescope;"
and 2 pp., holograph, on two leaves, re Secretan's Achromatic Telescope,
by Brewster dated March 30, also to be substituted. Total number
of pages is 57. 1856. 53 pp. plus title page, on 31 leaves ; 23.5
X 19 cm. Holograph signed.
Photographs of a differential
analyzer from the Building Research Station (Great Britain),
made there in the early 1950s. The photos show it in the course
of construction. See MSP 135 for drawings of the machine. 1951-1954.
28 black and white photographs.
Lectures on calculating
machines from the Building Research Station (Great Britain).
Comprises: Notes nos. E137, Description of Hand Calculating Machines;
E140, The Use of Hand Machines - Addition and Subtraction; E147,
The Use of Hand Machines - Multiplication; E152, The Use of Hand
Machines - Division; E153, Some Special Types of Calculations. 1948-1949.
1 volume; 31 x 22 cm.
F. A. B. Ward and Sir James Chadwick, 1891-1974. Correspondence
(1938 June 10 - Aug 26, Science Museum, London) chiefly concerning
supply of copies of E. O. Lawrence's color slides, needed by Chadwick;
also includes discussion of Lawrence's cyclotron and of Chadwick's
cyclotron (now nearing completion). Ward's are copy letters, typescript;
Chadwick's are typescript signed or holograph signed. 1938. 9 leaves
(9 items); 26 x 21 cm. or smaller.
Volume of manuscript
letters from Sir William Crookes (1832-1919) to his laboratory
assistant, C. H. Gimingham. The 51 letters, including numerous ones
from Paris, are all addressed to 'My dear Charlie'. They chiefly
concern laboratory work and specific experiments. They are numbered
4 to 184 as if from a much larger collection. 1 volume; 22.5 x 18
notebooks of Sir William Crookes (1832-1919). (1) Rough Note
Book, July 1876 to April 1877 (includes contents page re experiments
with 'viscosity apparatus'); (2) Rough Note Book, April 1877 to
March 1880 (a few pages at rear contain notes for lectures in Dublin
and Sheffield and at Chemical Society); (3) Chemical Note Book,
Feb. 7, 1881 to July 7, 1883 (detailing experiments 1 - 185; some
pages at rear are damaged); (4) Laboratory Note Book, July 1875
to Dec. 1877 (detailing experiments 758 to 1334; with Index at front);
(5) Laboratory Note Book, Jan. 1, 1878 to May 4, 1881 (detailing
experiments 1335 to 1646). 1875-1883. 5 volumes ; 23.5 x 19.5 cm.
(1-3); 32.5 x 21 cm. (4-5). (1-2) and (4-5) have recorded slightly
higher than background radiation and have consequently been withdrawn;
the copying of these volumes is currently under consideration. (3)
Magnetism & electricity
manuscript notebook by Willis F. Dent. References are made
to the work of Volta, Cruickshank, Faraday, et al; to the electric
telegraph; and to numerous experiments. Inside cover bears date
1869 November 3. 1 volume (75 pages are used); illustrations; 23
x 19 cm.
Correspondence to J.
D. Hamilton Dickson regarding his experiments with the vacuum
flask by James Dewar. Comprises approximately 98 holograph
letters. 1898-1903. 1 portfolio case.
Collection of biographical
material regarding Sir Norman Lockyer and Alfred Fowler,
chiefly collected by Herbert Dingle (1890-1978) during preparations
for his 1928 biography of Norman Lockyer, and includes 34
letters he received regarding Lockyer and his work . Also includes
a detailed personal manuscript notebook of Alfred Fowler regarding
Fowler's life, career and colleagues. 1896-1940. 1 box.
‘Elements of practical
astronomy,' once belonging to Edmund Ferrers. Bears title
and date 1810 on spine. Contains brief historical section on classical
astronomer Manilius, followed by the main work, being chiefly
notes and measurements, largely from credited sources. One page
bears 'Edmund Ferrers May 10, 1810' ; volume includes slip bearing
note 'To The Reverend Edmund Ferr..'. At end are details of life
and work of Sir William Herschel. 1 volume; 12.5 cm.
Physics, practical notes
of Sir David H. (David Henry), Follett, 1907-. Notes of experimental
work done in Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford while a student at Brasenose
College. 65 leaves; 23 cm.
Radar claims (transcripts
of hearings) from the Royal Commission on Awards to Inventors
(Great Britain). The claims were heard by the Commission at
Somerset House, Strand, sitting over 44 days and chaired by Lord
Justice Cohen. Numbered parts 1-44, part 18 is missing. Twenty awards
were made, totaling 93,100, the bulk to Sir Robert Watson Watt (50,000),
Dr. E. G. Bowen (12,000) and A. F. Wilkins (12,000). 46 parts in
4 boxes; typescript; [boxes] 35.5x23.5 cm.
Papers regarding astronomical
instrument making, particularly the Cape telescope from Sir Howard
Grubb, 1844-1931. Collection of papers regarding the astronomical
instrument making, particularly the Cape telescope. Includes detailed
specifications for instruments for named customers. 1869-1903. 1
Catalogue of spectra
from Sir Walter Noel Hartley (1846-1913). Vol. 1 (covering
1 to 71) is titled 'Researches on Bessemer Flame Spectra'; volumes
2 - 4 (covering 77-164, 165-296 and 297- 391) are titled 'Researches
in Spectrum Analysis.' Oxyhydrogen Flame Spectra of various minerals
and metallic substances showing their composition. 4 volumes.
Papers collected by
Leslie B. (Leslie Bernard) Hunt (1906- ) regarding pressure
measurement, especially the instruments of Lucien Vidie.
Comprised of an offprint of Hunt's article in Journal of Scientific
Instruments 21, 1944, 'The History of Pressure Responsive Elements';
numerous patent specifications; details of court case of 1858 between
Lucien Vidie and Eugene Bourdon re: invention of aneroid barometer;
translation of 1849 German article re: the Schinz steam pressure
gauge for locomotives; typescript. notes re: Bourdon's 1851 paper
to the Institute of Civil Engineering on a new metallic manometer;
photo of Burdon's monometer and of Vidie, etc. 1844-1944. 1 folder.
Manuscript physics exercise
book of Douglas Keens, 1933- . The exercise book records
practical work in final year at Shrewsbury School, and subsequently
in Cavendish Laboratory when at St. John's College, Cambridge. Includes
school experiment to find the surface tension of mercury using an
electronic stroboscope. 1951-1956. 1 volume; illustrated; 25.5 x
Letters to Sir Arthur
and Lady Rucker by Sir Oliver Lodge, 1851-1940. Nine autograph
letters to Rucker (4) and to his wife (5) on scientific subjects
and a proposed trip to France. Four are written from the University
of Birmingham, two from Mariemont, Edgbaston. With an annotated
carbon copy of Lodge's paper, "Atomic Theory and Radioactivity,"
(8 page typescript.), and a portrait photo of him, seemingly from
'Sir Oliver Lodge. A Biographical Sketch' by J. H. P. (1906), bearing
facsimile signature. 1894-1913. 11 items.
Memorandum on a 250
ft. aperture Steerable Radio Telescope by Sir Bernard Lovell,
1913- . Copy of the unpublished memorandum known as the "Blue
Book," written to support an application for funds to build
the Jodrell Bank Mk.1 telescope. Includes chapter by Dr. J. A. Clegg
on Radio Frequency Design and by J. G. Davies on the Control Mechanism.
Stenciled typescript. 1 volume (104 leaves); illustrated, maps,
Our present knowledge
of the universe by Sir Bernard Lovell, 1913- . Lecture at
the University College of North Wales, broadcast on the BBC's Third
Programme on 9 March 1967. 1 sound disc: analog, 33-1/3 rpm. 12
Printed material regarding
the history and work of the National Physical Laboratory (Great
Britain), 1924-1957. 9 booklets.
Negretti and Zambra's
pocket spectroscope for observing the rain-band. Reproduces paper
by Smyth, Astronomer Royal for Scotland, "Spectroscopic weather
discussions", from Nature of 5 October, 1882. Also bears advertisements
for two N & Z publications. 1882. 8 pp.
Materials relating to
astronomical and meteorological observations made at Rousdon, near
Lyme Regis, Devon, Peek, by Sir Edgar Cuthbert, 1855-1901.
Printed and manuscript material. Much of the astronomical observation
was carried out by Peek's assistant, Charles Grover. 1886-1900.
Mechanics by James
Plumpton. 1 volume (111 pp. and 13 folding plates): illustrated,
ink and monochrome wash; 28 x 22 cm. Ms. text book containing definitions,
theorems and exercises.
Correspondence of Ernest,
Lord Rutherford of Nelson, 1871-1937. Collection (set 3) of
photocopied manuscript and typescript letters, edited for the Rutherford
Memorial Committee of the Royal Society. Letters are arranged alphabetically
by author and chronologically. 9 volumes; [each] 32.5 x 29 cm. This
correspondence is not public and should only be made available for
purposes of private study to specifically authorized persons.
On developments of spectroscopic
apparatus in the nineteenth century by Elizabeth A. Sarson.
Thesis (B. Sc.) - University of Oxford, 1973. Author was student
of Lady Margaret Hall. 279 pp.; illustrated, photos; 26 x
of William Henry Maw by William Edward Simnett, 1880-1958.
C.E. Maw was an engineer, journalist and astronomer, President of
the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (1901-02) and of the Institution
of Civil Engineers (1922-23) and editor of the periodical Engineering
for 58 years. He was a founding member of the British Astronomical
Association in 1890 and became treasurer and later president. He
erected the Thorrowgood Telescope at his home in Surrey in 1896,
and used it for measurements of double stars. Includes contents
page and associated photographs and letters. 251 pp.; 28.5 x 23
Catalogus Novus Stellarum
Duplicium et Multiplicium maxima ex parte in Specula Universitatis
Caesareae Dorpatensis per magnum telescopium achromaticum Fraunhoferi
detectarum by F. G. W. (Friedrich Georg Wilhelm) Struve, 1793-1864.
The copy of J. F. W. Herschel, bearing his copious manuscript
notes on interleaved blank pages. His signature is on title page.
1 volume; 33.5 x 21.5 cm.
Papers on the life and
work of optical instrument makers H.D. (Harold Dennis) Taylor
(1862-1943) and his son E. W. Taylor. Comprises press
cuttings, obituary notices and, chiefly, offprints of articles by
E. W. Taylor. H. D. Taylor worked primarily for Thomas Cooke &
Sons, E. W. Taylor for Cooke, Troughton & Simms Ltd. 1907-1995.
An epistemological re-assessment
of Einstein's special relativity theory and of the conceivable alternatives
to it by Robert R. Traill. The paper was written at the Institute
of Cybernetics, Brunel University and includes as an appendix, a
translation of Fresnel's letter to Francois Arago on the influence
of terrestrial movement on several optical phenomena, 1818. 1978-1979.
32 leaves; 30 cm.
University of Oxford Physical Chemistry Laboratory and Metropolitan-Vickers
concerning Mass Spectrometer Type MS 2 serial no. 1. Much of the
correspondence, concerning problems with installation and maintenance,
is between C. J. Danby, of Oxford University's Physical Chemistry
Laboratory, and J. Blears of the Research Dept. of Metropolitan-Vickers,
Manchester. The file includes five letters from between 1955 and
1959. The actual mass spectrometer (inv. no. 1970-379) was presented
to the Science Museum in July 1970 and is in the Experimental Chemistry
collection. 1948-1954. 1 file.
Letter to F. A. B.
Ward dated March 26, 1935 by Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
(1869-1959). Letter suggests a source for a photograph of the
first Wilson cloud chamber. 2 pp. on one leaf; 17.5 x 11.5 cm. Holograph
Three letters to F.
S. Taylor by Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869-1959).
Replies to Taylor's questions concerning the arrangement of the
Wilson cloud chamber during Wilson's experiments of 1911-1912. 1954
April 12-27. 6 pp. on four leaves; 17.5 x 13.5 cm. Holograph signed.
Papers of A. B. (Albert
Beaumont) Wood. Correspondence, reminiscences, published paper
and newspaper cuttings concerning Wood's education in Manchester,
his work on radioactivity, particularly thorium active deposit and
his work for the Admiralty on the cathode ray oscillograph and echo
sounders. 1912-1980. 3 boxes; 38 x 29 x 13 cm.
of Bristol. Arts and Social Sciences Library. Special Collections.
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol, BS8 ITJ, England. Contact: Hannah Lowery.
Papers and correspondence
of Peter Howard Fowler, 1923-1996. Physicist; member of C.
F. Powell's cosmic rays research group at University of Bristol.
Appointed Assistant Lecturer in Physics in 1948, Lecturer in 1951,
and Reader in 1961. Visiting Professor at University of Minnesota
in Minneapolis in 1956-57. Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in
1964 (Rutherford Lecturer 1971, Hughes Medal 1974) and later that
year appointed a Royal Society Research Professor in Physics which
he held until his retirement in 1988. Research centered on the study
of elementary particles created naturally by interactions of cosmic
rays in the upper atmosphere of the earth, using high-altitude balloons
and later VC10 aircraft carrying nuclear emulsion film recording
cosmic ray activity and launched from sites worldwide. Continued
after Powell's death in 1996, extending it through the use of solid-state
detectors and gas scintillator detectors flown on satellites in
the 1980s. His measurements of super heavy nuclei lead to an understanding
of the supernova mechanism. His work also extended to meteorology,
medical physics and radiotherapy, and using thermal neutrons in
screening luggage for explosives. Biographical material includes
Fowler's personal file from the Department of Physics at the University
Bristol and other documents relating to his career; honors and awards
including his Royal Society Fellowship and Research Professorship;
also historical material relating to C. F. Powell. There are substantial
lecture notes from the undergraduate studies of Fowler and Rosemary
Brown from the Bristol Physics Department in the 1940s, as well
as other University of Bristol materials from Fowler's tenure there.
Largest amount of records are from the numerous microscope observers,
scanners, balloon makers and technicians employed by the H. H. Wills
Laboratory in cosmic ray research. Includes some material relating
to balloon flights for cosmic ray studies arranged chronologically;
most dates from the 1960s, covering various balloon flight launches
worldwide, and includes correspondence and papers relating to arrangements
for flights, balloon technical specifications, flight plans, proposals,
and analysis of results. Other research interests documented include
pi-mesons in cancer treatment, magnetic monopoles, the heavy primary
cosmic ray detector for the Ariel 6 satellite, and the assessment
of the radioactive fallout from the Ukrainian nuclear plant Chernobyl,
ten years after its explosion. Materials relating to publications
are arranged chronologically, 1947-ca. 1996, and includes offprints,
drafts, figures and correspondence. There are records of physics
teaching at Bristol in the 1950s-1960s, and Fowler's public and
invited lectures, principally on cosmic rays, 1964-1996. Visits
and conferences are documented for the period 1956-1993. Involvement
with seventeen UK and international organizations is covered, in
particular the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics,
the Joint MRC/NRPB Committee on Radiological Protection (1983-1992),
the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Society, and the Science
and Engineering Research Council. Correspondence is arranged alphabetically
following Fowler's original order; correspondents are mainly scientific
colleagues and historians of science, but there are no extended
exchanges. 1940-2002. 33 boxes. Processed. Visits by appointment
only; identification required.
College, Cork. Archives Service. Cork, Ireland. Contact: Carol Quinn.
Papers of George
Boole (1815-1864). First professor of mathematics at Queens
College, Cork (now University College, Cork). The inventor of Boolean
Logic, he laid the foundations in the latter half of the 19th century
of a system of mathematical expression which formed the basis for
all modern computer languages. Mostly personal correspondence from
Boole to family and friends describing his working life and activities
in Cork. Unfortunately, none of his academic material, e.g., notes,
lectures, etc. is contained here. Section C, academic material,
contains copies of published works, some unpublished lectures and
some mathematical exercises, along with his testimonials. 1847-1856.
1 linear meter (377 items). Access is by prior appointment with
the archivist only.
of Edinburgh. University Library, Special Collections. George Square,
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ, Scotland. Contact: Richard Ovenden.
Papers of Charles Glover Barkla
(1877-1944). Physicist. Chair of Physics at King's College,
London (1909); Professor of Natural Philosophy at Edinburgh University
(1913). For outstanding contributions to physics and his work on
the nature of X-radiation and its interaction with matter, awarded
the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1917. Includes lectures and notes (1903,
1917); citation for the Nobel Prize for Physics (1917); congratulatory
telegrams on the award of the Nobel Prize for physics (1918-1919).
1903-1919. 1 box (ca. 24 letters, 1 Nobel Laureate Diploma). Generally
open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact
repository for details in
of Newcastle upon Tyne. The Robinson Library. Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 4HQ, England. Contact: Special Collections Librarian.
Miscellaneous manuscripts of Baron
William Thomson Kelvin (1824-1907). Physicist and Fellow of
the Royal Society. Includes 2 letters to Michael Faraday explaining
accompanying diagrams by James Clerk Maxwell. 1859. 1 folder. Users
from outside the University are advised to give 2 days notice.
of James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879). Physicist (mathematical
physics, electricity, and magnetism) and mathematician. Chair, natural
philosophy, Marischal College, Aberdeen, Scotland (1856-1860); professor
of physics and astronomy, King's College, London (1860-1865); and
professor of experimental physics, Cambridge University (1871-1879).
Includes 22 diagrams of fields of force, accompanied by two explanatory
letters from Lord Kelvin to Michael Faraday. (ca. 1859). 22 diagrams.
Users from outside the University are advised to give 2 days notice
of Strathclyde. Archives and Records Management Centre. McCance Building.
16 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ, Scotland. Contact: Jim McGrath.
Papers of staff and students in
the University of Strathclyde. The University of Strathclyde
originated in Anderson's Institution, which was established in 1796
according to instructions in the will of John Anderson (1726-1796).
Materials range from original correspondence to secondary sources
copied from other repositories. The following are the principal
collections within this group relevant to history of physics and
allied fields: OM17 -- James Blyth (1838-1906), professor of Natural
Philosophy, 1880-1906 (electricity and magnetism, air turbines);
OM 45 -- Sir Samuel Curran (1912-1998), involved in Manhattan project,
Atomic Energy Authority, Director of the Royal College of Science
and Technology 1959-1964 and first Principal of the University,
1964-1980; OM 64 -- Thomas Garnett, first Professor of Natural Philosophy,
1766-1802; OM 72 -- Alexander Herschel (1836-1907), Professor of
Natural Philosophy, 1866-1872; OM 105 -- Dougald McQuiston (1879-1946),
Professor of Natural Philosophy, 1938-1942; OM 157 -- Frederick
Symon, lecturer in Natural Philosophy, 1921-1964; OM 183 -- George
Foster (1835-1919), Professor of Natural Philosophy, 1862-1865;
OM 196 -- James Muir (1875-1945), Professor of Natural Philosophy,
1906-1938; OM 201 -- George Forbes (1849-1936), Professor of Natural
Philosophy, 1872-1880, inventory of the carbon brush; OM 202 --
Andrew Ure (1778-1857), Professor of Natural Philosophy, 1804-1830.
Some collections may be restricted; contact repository.
Records of the University
of Strathclyde (1964 to date) and its antecedents, including
Anderson's Institution, University and College (1796-1888), the
Glasgow Mechanics Institution (1823-1888) and the Glasgow and West
of Scotland Technical College, Royal Technical College and Royal
College of Science and Technology (1889-1964). Includes minutes,
calendars, annual reports, student records, staff records, departmental
records, etc. which provide an overview of the development of physics
teaching and research in a major educational institution that was
founded around natural philosophy. 1796 to present; ca. 160 lin.
ft. of pre-1964 materials; ca. 4,500 lin. ft. of post-1964 materials.
University. Carl A. Kroch Library. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
University Archives. 2B Carl A. Kroch Library, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA. Contact:
Papers of Boyce D. (Boyce Dawkins)
McDaniel (1917-2002). Nuclear physicist. Professor at Cornell University
and Director of Nuclear Studies Laboratory from 1967. Professional papers
and correspondence relating to McDaniel's work at Newman Laboratory and
in the Physics Dept. especially files relating to the Cornell Electron
Storage Ring (CESR) and the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC). Also
includes information about Robert Wilson and his memorial service. 1980-2002.
10.5 cubic ft.
‘Even E. O. Lawrence would
be surprised' by Boyce D. (Boyce Dawkins) McDaniel (1917-2002).
Nuclear physicist. Professor at Cornell University and Director of Nuclear
Studies Laboratory from 1967. McDaniel traces Robert Wilson's distinguished
career in the field of particle accelerator development. His reflections
include Wilson's graduate student days at Berkeley in 1932 when the first
cyclotron was built by E. O. Lawrence and the many advances in particle
physics made by Wilson both at Cornell and Fermilab. 1994. 1 sound cassette
(43 min): analog, mono.
Institution on War, Revolution and Peace. Archives Stanford University,
Stanford, CA 94305, USA. Contact: Elena Danielson.
Miscellaneous papers of Sidney
D. (Sidney David) Drell (1926- ). American physicist; chairman, International
Conference in Honor of Andrei Sakharov, 1981. Speeches and writings, correspondence,
memoranda, clippings, and other printed matter, relating to the dissident
Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov, and to efforts on his behalf by Western
scientists. Includes writings and letters by Sakharov. 1966-2000. 7 ms.
Additions to the papers of
Edward Teller (1908- ). American physicist; assistant director,
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1949-1952; associate director, Lawrence
Livermore Laboratory, 1954-1975. Correspondence, speeches and writings,
reports, studies, memoranda, printed matter, photographs, motion picture
films, video tapes, sound recordings, and memorabilia relating to his
contributions in the fields of chemical, molecular and nuclear physics;
development of new energy resources; national energy research planning;
space exploration; and national and international security issues, including
nuclear weapons and arms control. 1946-2003. 193 ms. boxes, card file,
2 OS boxes.
Library. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 USA. Contact: Dan Lewis.
Papers of Horace Welcome Babcock
(1912-2003), a distinguished solar and stellar astronomer, was also
the fourth director of Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories. He received
a BS in physics in 1934 from the California Institute of Technology, and
a PhD in 1938 from University of California at Berkeley. The papers in
this collection are, for the most part, those of Babcock's when he was
director of the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories from 1964 to 1978,
and do not include his personal and scientific papers. As director, he
led the Observatories through many important changes including the establishment
of the observatories in Chile. 1948-1978. 89 boxes (28,000 pieces). Papers
were opened upon death.
State University. Archives of Women in Science and Engineering. 403 Parks
Library, Ames, Iowa 50011-2140, USA. Contact: Tanya Zanish-Belcher.
Papers of L. A. (Lee Anne)
Willson (1947- ). Astronomer; B.S., Harvard University, 1968; Ph.D.,
University of Michigan, 1973. First tenured woman faculty member of Iowa
State University's Department of Physics (later Department of Physics
and Astronomy). Her analysis of variable starts has challenged established
paradigms and won wide-spread recognition. She has served on several national
astronomy policy boards. Includes course materials, research, correspondence.
ca. 1970-2000. 10 lin. ft. Additional material forthcoming.
University. Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections, One Washington
Road, Princeton, NJ 08544, USA. Contact: Don Skemer.
Papers of David T. Wilkinson
(1935- ). Experimental physicist and cosmologist. He received his
undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics from the University of Michigan.
In 1963, he became an instructor in the Department of Physics at Princeton
University, where he would spend his entire academic career. He was appointed
assistant professor at Princeton in 1965, received tenure in 1968, and
served as department chairman from 1987 to 1990. He retired from Princeton
in 2002 as the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics Emeritus. Consists
primarily of the scientific writings, professional correspondence, and
subject and project files of David T. Wilkinson. Wilkinson was a pioneer
in the study and analysis of cosmic microwave background radiation, the
nature and existence of which have yielded, through his lifetime's work,
solid evidence for the Big Bang theory of the universe's birth. The collection
contains the administrative files (including his NASA and/or National
Science Foundation funding and accounting paperwork) and background history
material for two of Wilkinson's main projects the Cosmic Background Explorer
(COBE) and Microwave Anisotropy Probe (MAP) as well as evidence of the
many and varied academic activities in his career. Not included in the
David Wilkinson Papers are his professional and personal letters of recommendation,
files on Conferences and Committees, and Preprints, among others, which
remain the property of the Wilkinson Family. 1957-2002. 16 lin. ft. (16
Institution. National Museum of American History (U.S.). Archives Center.
MRC 601, 12th Street and Constitution Avenue, N. W., Washington, D. C. 20560,
USA. Contact: John Fleckner.
ITT (International Telephone
and Telegraph Corporation) Industrial Research Laboratories Electron Tube
Research Records. ITT was incorporated in 1920. The company expanded
and established facilities throughout the country. The Fort Wayne, Indiana
facility resulted when Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic
television, who had set up the Farnsworth Television and Radio Corporation,
sold his company to ITT in 1949. The research files of several scientists
who worked for ITT industrial Laboratories in Fort Wayne, Indiana, including
television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth. 1934-1983. 4 cu. ct.: 4 boxes.
Collection is unprocessed. Unrestricted research access on site by appointment.
Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves. Fees for commercial
reproduction. Reproduction restricted due to copyright or trademark.
Atomic Clocks Collection of
Harold Lyons, 1913- . A physicist whose work on microwave frequency
standards enabled the development and construction on the first atomic
clock in 1948. Archival material documenting Dr. Harold Lyons and his
work with atomic clocks. Includes his research as manifested in published
papers, presentations, reports, correspondence, laboratory notes, photographs,
and diagrams. 1935-1991. Approx. 2 cu. ft. (6 boxes). Unrestricted research
access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled
with gloves. Fees for commercial reproduction. Copyright transferred to
Smithsonian Institution in Deed of Gift.
Institution Archives. A & I Building, Room 2135, MRC 414, Washington,
DC 20560, USA. Contact: Edie Hedlin.
Reminiscences George V. Barton,
marine electronics specialist and amateur astronomer. Discussed his hiring
at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, orientation to the Satellite
Tracking Program, the launching of Sputnik, installation of Baker-Nunn
cameras, and his technical innovations such as the Barton Scope and reels
for winding film. 1982-1983. Audiotapes: 4 reels. Transcript: 135 pp.
of California, San Diego. Mandeville Special Collections Library. 9500 Gilman
Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA. Contact: Linda Claassen.
Papers of Martin David Kamen
(1913-2002). Professor of biochemistry, University of California,
San Diego. Professor at University of California, Berkeley in the late
1930s. Correspondence, research notebooks, manuscripts and publications,
newspaper clippings, and other miscellaneous materials documenting Kamen's
career, particularly his legal efforts to clear his name of charges of
being a "spy and a traitor" and to regain his passport. The
bulk of the collection dates from 1945-1955 and reflects Kamen's re-organization
of his files in preparation for writing Radiant Science, Dark Politics.
In addition to his legal travails, the collection illuminates Kamen's
endeavors in biochemical research and his central role in the development
of the UCSD's Chemistry Dept. and the university generally. Kamen's affiliation
with Washington University is also well documented in the collection,
but not so his affiliations with Brandeis University or the University
of Southern California. Also, notably lacking are materials relating to
his co-discovery of carbon-14; these are held at UC-Berkeley's Bancroft
Library. Major correspondents include: Arthur H. Compton, Robert Oppenheimer,
Linus Pauling, James Franck, Georg von Hevesy, and Melvin Calvin. 1923-1992.
7 linear feet (14 archives boxes, 1 oversize folder)
College. Archives and Special Collections. Poughkeepsie, NY 12604, USA.
Contact: Ronald Patkus.
Morris and Adele Bergreen's
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) Collection. Physicist; professor of
physics at the University of Zurich and the University of Berlin. From
1933 until his death in 1955 he was a professor at the Institute for Advanced
Study at Princeton University. Composed mainly of correspondence between
Einstein and his executor, Otto Nathan. A number of letters discuss the
fate of Jews in Europe and other aspects of World War II. Others deal
with Brandeis University, Jewish affairs in the United States, and personal
matters. There are also letters from Elsa Einstein to Nathan, and letters
to Albert Einstein from Sigmund Freud, Felix Frankfurter, Charles Beard,
and others. The collection includes some manuscripts, ephemera and photographs
of Einstein. 1919-1988. Ca. 2 lin. ft. (11 boxes).