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Hughes, Edward Wesley (Chemist)



  • Existence: 1904 - 1987


Background: Caltech Research Associate in Chemistry, 1946-1974.


Description: A respected chemist, Edward Hughes is known for his pioneering work in crystallography and his introduction in 1940 of the "Least Squares Method," which became the universally accepted method for handling the large amount of data involved in the refinement of crystal structures.


Collection Notes: Oral history, 1979. This 35 page oral history provides an overview of Hughes' career and family life.

Papers, 1924-1979. Includes correspondence, reports, reprints, notebooks and scientific papers.

Collection size: 22 boxes, 9.5 linear ft.

Finding aid available at the Archives.

Photo of Edward W. Hughes (PhotoNet).

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Chemistry Division Films 2

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00162

Chemistry Division Films 3

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00163

Edward Wesley Hughes Papers

Identifier: 10089-MS
Scope and Contents

The Edward Wesley Hughes papers consist of correspondence, notebooks, lecture notes, and material related to crystallography. The container list is in alphabetical, chronological, and/or topical order.

Dates: 1924-1979

Memorial Service

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1988-00482

Microscope in a wood dovetailed box

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1988-00484

Additional filters:

Unprocessed Material 10
Archival Object 3
Collection 1
Chemistry 10
Film & Video 5
Manuscript Collection 2
Photo Archive 2
Memorial 1
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