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Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953 (Experimental Physicist, Nobel Laureate, Caltech President)



  • Existence: 1868 - 1953


Background: Nobel Laureate, 1923; Chairman of the Executive Council [i.e. President], Caltech, 1921-1945; Caltech Professor of Physics and Director of the Norman Bridge Laboratory of Physics, 1921-1945.
Biographical/Historical Description: A distinguished scientist and administrator, Robert Millikan guided the growth and development of Caltech for twenty-five years. Determined to put Caltech in the front ranks of scientific research and teaching institutions, his papers illuminate the methods through which that goal was realized.
Biographical/Historical Collection Notes: Papers, 1847-1953. The Millikan papers span a century of American political, social and intellectual history, but the core of the collection consists of the official papers generated by Millikan after his move to Pasadena in 1921. The collection documents Millikan's own scientific work, and reveals the central role he played in the development of physics in the United States and in national scientific affairs from 1914 through World War II. Included are Millikan's lecture and scientific notes, personal and professional correspondence, speeches and articles, autobiographical writings, family documents and memorabilia, as well as other printed matter. In addition to the collected papers the archives holds medals, citations, diplomas, academic regalia and other awards given to Millikan, a small segment of Millikan's private library (about 200 books), pieces of scientific apparatus, numerous photographs, and several sound recordings of some of Millikan's talks.

Collection size: 104 boxes, 45 linear ft.

Finding aid is available for this collection.

Photo of Robert A. Millikan (PhotoNet).

Also see: Helen Holloway.

Found in 139 Collections and/or Records:

Alpha Omega Alpha Key

Identifier: 1999-00255

Ira Sprague Bowen Papers

Identifier: 10007-MS
Overview Ira Sprague Bowen: 1898-1973. Astrophysicist; Director, Mt. Wilson Observatory, 1946-1964; Professor of Physics, Caltech 1926-45. Much of his physics research was concerned with studies of spectral lines and spectroscopy; in the 1930s his interests turned more to astronomy and astrophysics and he devised many new instruments and techniques for observational astronomy. Papers include correspondence (ca. 1933-47), notebooks (many from his years at University of Chicago, 1916-21), articles,...
Dates: 1916-1961

Brazilian centennial medal

Identifier: 1999-00207

Cardinal Newman Award

Identifier: 1999-00250

Columbia University medal

Identifier: 1999-00213

Crane Company 75-year medal

Identifier: 1999-00214