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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:

Small metal relief portrait, 1924

Identifier: 1999-00257

Sunset Club cup

Identifier: 1999-00243

Unlimited Horizons (NBC Radio)

Identifier: 1998-00208

Unlimited Horizons (NBC Radio)

Identifier: 1987-00273

Victory Medal, World War I

Identifier: 1999-00206

Theodore von Kármán Papers

Identifier: 10143-MS
Overview This record group documents the career of Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born aerodynamicist, science advisor, and first director of the Daniel Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. It consists primarily of correspondence, speeches, lectures and lecture notes, scientific manuscripts, calculations, reports, photos and technical slides, autobiographical sketches, and school notebooks.
Dates: 1871-1963; Majority of material found within 1920-1963

World War I commemorative medal

Identifier: 1999-00230