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Klein, Arthur Louis (Engineer)



  • Existence: 1898 - 1983


Background: Professor of Aeronautics, 1929-1968; Caltech alumnus (BS, 1921; MS, 1924; PhD, 1925).


Description: In addition to his significant contributions as a teacher of aeronautical engineering, Klein was responsible for the engineering and building of the GALCIT wind tunnel and related equipment. In 1937 he began spending half his time with Douglas Aircraft, where he had been an intermittent consultant since 1932, and he was instrumental in the design of many of their aircraft over the next 20 years.


Collection Notes: Oral history, 1979, 1982. This 66 page oral history covers many aspects of Klein's life and career.

Papers, 1928-1974. Included in this collection is general correspondence, wind tunnel specifications, technical data, bulletins and reports mostly related to aircraft construction, and personal papers.

Collection size: 3 boxes, 1.5 linear ft.

Finding aid available at the Archives.

Photo of Arthur L. Klein (PhotoNet).

Found in 8 Collections and/or Records:

Arthur Klein Oral History Interview with Harriett Lyle and John Greenberg [sound recording], 1979-02-14 - 1982-04-20

Scope and Contents Interview in four sessions, February 1979 and April 1982, with Arthur L. ("Maj") Klein, who entered Throop College, the predecessor of the California Institute of Technology, in 1916. When R. A. Millikan arrived as the institute's head, Klein decided to change his major from mechanical engineering to physics in order to work with him, earning his bachelor's degree in 1921 and a PhD in 1925. He stayed on as a research fellow in physics and soon become involved in the activities of the new...
Dates: 1979-02-14 - 1982-04-20

Early Experiences At GALCIT

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1986-00351

Arthur L. Klein Papers

Identifier: 10015-MS
Scope and Content

The Arthur L. Klein Papers (1928-1974) represent a small collection divided between correspondence, teaching files, technical material relating to wind tunnels and airplane design, and personal data. Researchers should also consult the following related collections: the Papers of Theodore von Kármán; the oral histories of Arthur L. Klein and other participants in GALCIT; the Caltech Historical Files under Aeronautics and Arthur L. Klein; and the Archives' Image Archive.

Dates: 1928-1974

Klein Photograph

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1988-00533

Additional filters:

Unprocessed Material 4
Archival Object 3
Collection 1
Aeronautics 4
Photo Archive 2
Audio, miscellaneous 1
Manuscript Collection 1