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Elliot, David Clephan (Historian)



  • Existence: 1917 - 2007


Background: Caltech Professor of History, 1950-1986; Executive Officer for the Humanities and Social Sciences, 1967-1971.


Description: Elliot's research interests ranged widely. He studied the liberal party in Scotland, London's 1660 Restoration period, and arms control and national defense. He served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the RAND Corporation, NASA, and the Foreign Area Fellowship program. He served as chairman of Caltech's 75th anniversary celebrations as well as a number of other administrative posts.


Collection Notes: Oral history, 1986.This 128 page oral history is the result of five interviews with Elliot. It covers many aspects of his work and life including Caltech in the 1950s, the Humanities Division from the 1950s into the 1980s, Harold Brown's presidency, public affairs courses at Caltech in the 1950s, foreign affairs seminar in the 1960s, the California Seminar and Caltech's 75th anniversary.

Photo of David C. Elliot (PhotoNet).

Also see: Carnegie Program, Science and Government.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

David Elliot Oral History Interview with Carol Buge [sound recording], 1986-04-10 - 1986-05-06

Scope and Contents Interview conducted in five sessions, April and May 1986, by Carol Bugé with David Clephan Elliot, professor of history, emeritus, who arrived at Caltech in 1950 as an assistant professor, was appointed full professor by 1960, and served as the humanities and social sciences division's executive officer from 1967 to 1971, as well as the secretary of the faculty from 1973-1985. Born and raised in Scotland, he received his MA in 1939 from the University of St. Andrews. In 1940 the British...
Dates: 1986-04-10 - 1986-05-06

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