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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.

Finding aid available at the Archives.

Photo of Jesse W.M. DuMond (PhotoNet).

Found in 9 Collections and/or Records:

Jesse W. M. DuMond Papers

Identifier: 10010-MS

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with some reprints, photos of experimental apparatus, and biographical material, the latter including his unpublished autobiography.

Dates: 1912-1976

DuMond Photographs

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1988-00293

Millikan's Time

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1995-00093

Millikan's Time

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00113

Reprints of Jesse DuMond, 1916-1970

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2007-00054

Additional filters:

Unprocessed Material 6
Archival Object 2
Collection 1
Physics 3
Manuscript Collection 2
Nuclear spectroscopy 1
Photo Archive 1
Physical instruments 1