Richter, Charles Francis (Seismologist)
- Existence: 1900 - 1985
Background: Caltech professor of seismology, 1937-1970; Caltech alumnus (PhD, 1928).
Description: A pioneer in seismology and active in seismological and earthquake engineering fields for over fifty years, Richter's name is known worldwide for the earthquake scale he helped to develop.
Collection Notes: Oral history, 1978. This 156-page oral history covers a wide variety of topics related to Richter's life and work.
Papers, 1913-1984. The papers include correspondence, course and lecture notes, slides, photographs and technical notes on specific earthquakes and earthquake topics. There are also manuscripts, drafts and notes for textbooks and articles. Richter, the private man, was a highly complex person. He kept diaries, notes, and memos concerning most aspects of his life and these too are preserved in the collection, as are his poetry and manuscript science fiction novels. Also included is his large collection of science fiction magazines from the 1920s through the 1960s.
Collection size (papers): 36 boxes, 15 linear ft.
Collection size (science fiction magazines): 35 boxes, 14.5 linear ft. Finding aid available at the Archives.
Photo of Charles F. Richter (PhotoNet).
Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:
The Charles Richter papers include personal and professional correspondence, unpublished talks, class and lecture notes, technical notes and data, Caltech Seismology laboratory material, and reprints. The supplement from 2000 includes diplomas, a diary (1960), Richter's science fiction collection, and miscellaneous documents donated by Clarence Allen, that were integrated into the collection.