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

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1868 - 1953

Biographical/Historical

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 143 Collections and/or Records:

Academic hood, Columbia University

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2014-00068

Alessandro Volta centennial medal

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00228

Alpha Omega Alpha Key

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00255

Arthur Noble Civic Medal, City of Pasadena

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00254

Brazilian centennial medal

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00207

C. G. Abbot, 1902–1937

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 2
Identifier: HaleGE_01_00_001_02
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

This collection provides a thorough record of George Ellery Hale’s activities. A prolific correspondent, Hale kept copies of most of his letters. The collections contains significant material relating to the theoretical and instrumental development of astrophysics, the history of the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories, and the early history of the California Institute of Technology. It also documents Hale’s work with the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council.

Dates: 1902–1937

Cardinal Newman Award

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00250

Carl Runge 70th birthday medal, 1926

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00224

Charles Fabry 70th birthday medal, 1937

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00215

Columbia University medal

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00213

Cosmic Ray Expedition To Bangalore, India

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1983-00014

Cosmic Ray Expedition To Bangalore, India

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1991-00127

Cosmic Ray Expedition To Bangalore, India

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 2010-00081

Crane Company 75-year medal

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1999-00214

Edward Dean Adams, 1920–1928

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 7
Identifier: HaleGE_01_00_001_07
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

This collection provides a thorough record of George Ellery Hale’s activities. A prolific correspondent, Hale kept copies of most of his letters. The collections contains significant material relating to the theoretical and instrumental development of astrophysics, the history of the Mount Wilson and Palomar Observatories, and the early history of the California Institute of Technology. It also documents Hale’s work with the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council.

Dates: 1920–1928