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Marsh, Richard E. (Chemist)



  • Existence: 1922 - 2222


Background: Caltech Senior Research Associate, 1981-1990 (emeritus 1990- ); Research Associate, 1973-1981; Senior Research Fellow, 1955-1973; Research Fellow, 1950-1955; alumnus (BS 1943).


Description: Richard E. Marsh was born in Michigan and moved with his family to Redlands, California, as a child. He went to school in Redlands and then to boarding school when his father, Howard Marsh, joined the Roosevelt administration as a writer. Marsh junior entered Caltech in 1939 and majored in chemistry. After his BS in 1943 he enlisted in the navy and spent time degaussing (demagnetizing) ships. After the war he began graduate study at Tulane University and discovered crystallography. He transfered his studies to UCLA, where he earned his PhD in 1950. Thereafter he returned to Caltech as a postdoc to work under Linus Pauling. He continued in research in crystallography at Caltech for the remainder of his career.


Collection Notes: Oral history, 1997. This 30-page interview with Shirley K. Cohen covers mainly Marsh's work within the chemistry division at Caltech, with reminiscences of Pauling and other major figures at Caltech. Biographical highlights included.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Richard E. Marsh Oral History Interview with Shirley Cohen, 1997-11-07 - 1997-11-07

Scope and Contents An interview on November 7, 1997, with crystallographer Richard E. Marsh, senior research associate, emeritus, in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Dr. Marsh received his BS in chemistry from Caltech in 1943 and his PhD from UCLA in 1950. He came to Caltech that year as a research fellow, to work under Linus Pauling. He continued in crystallographic research at Caltech for the remainder of his career. In this interview he discusses his father’s stint as a speechwriter for...
Dates: 1997-11-07 - 1997-11-07

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