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Davis, Leverett G., Jr. (Astrophysicist)



  • Existence: 1914 - 2003


Background: Professor of Theoretical Physics, 1956-1981; Caltech alumnus (MS, 1938; PhD, 1941)
Biographical/Historical Description: Davis's work has been concerned with the polarization of starlight by interstellar dust grains that are aligned by the galactic magnetic field; with the acceleration of cosmic rays; with the characteristics of the magnetic field and plasma in interplanetary space; and with the properties of the solar wind. He helped plan, design, and carry out the magnetometer experiments on the Mariner and Pioneer spacecraft.
Biographical/Historical Collection Notes: Oral history, 1983-1984; 1987. This 55 page oral history covers Davis's life and career. In 7 page supplementary interview completed in 1987, Davis discusses the policies of the Admissions Committee in the 1940s.

Papers, 1957-1975. His papers are respresentative of his scientific work, contributions within the Division of Physics, Math and astronomy at Caltech, and his professional activities as a consultant to NASA.

Collection size: 4 boxes, 2 linear ft.

Finding aid available at the Archives.

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Leverett G. Davis, Jr. Papers

Identifier: 10121-MS
Scope and Contents The papers of Leverett G. Davis, Jr. consist of correspondence relating to his scientific work, letters of recommendation, and his professional activities associated with his work as a NASA consultant.
Dates: 1946-1975

Memorial Service

Identifier: 2003-00067