DuMond, Jesse William Monroe (Experimental Physicist)
- Existence: 1892 - 1976
Background: Caltech Professor of Physics, 1938-1963; Caltech alumnus (PhD, 1929); Throop alumnus (BS, 1916).
Description: Jesse DuMond was a highly gifted experimentalist who was also a master of mechanical design and a skilled interpreter of results. His experiments on the Compton shifted line, completed as part of his doctoral thesis and which provided support for the Rutherford-Bohr dynamic atomic model, are regarded as classics in the discipline. For years he was the undisputed keeper of the fundamental physical constants.
Collection Notes: Papers, ca.1930-ca.1960 (bulk 1950s). Primarily correspondence. The collection also includes his autobiography.
Collection size: 7 boxes, 3 linear ft.
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Photo of Jesse W.M. DuMond (PhotoNet).
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Jesse William Monroe DuMond, experimental physicist and professor of physics at Caltech, 1938-1963, was known for his work on physical constants and spectroscopic instrumentation. His papers contain principally his scientific correspondence, with some reprints, photos of experimental apparatus, and biographical material, the latter including his unpublished autobiography.