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Robertson, H. P. (Howard Percy), 1903-1961 (Mathematical Physicist)



  • Existence: 1903 - 1961


Background: Professor of Mathematics and Mathematical Physics, 1927-29, 1947-61; Caltech alumnus (PhD, 1925).


Description: Robertson's early research centered in mathematical physics, chiefly differential geometry, cosmology and the theory of relativity. Early in his career he gave the solution of Einstein's cosmological equations for the case of a homogeneous and isotropic universe. World War II brought Robertson into the circle of those engaged in research on military problems, and he served with the National Defense Research Committee and the Office of Scientific Research and Development, contributing solutions to technical problems in the fields of bomb ballistics and weapons patterns.


Collection Notes: Papers, 1925-1961. His papers include correspondence and manuscripts, as well as papers related to his involvement with professional organizations, industry, Caltech, and the US government.

Collection size: 31 boxes, 13.5 linear ft.

Finding aid available at the Archives.

Photo of Howard P. Robertson (PhotoNet).

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Howard P. Robertson Papers

Identifier: 10024-MS
Abstract Howard P. Robertson was professor of mathematical physics at Caltech in 1927-1929 and again from 1947 until his death in 1961. He made notable contributions to the fields of relativity and cosmology and held important positions in the U.S. government related to national defense and science advising. His papers include correspondence, some with the most prominent physicists and mathematicians of his day; papers relating to professional organizations, companies, and government; teaching,...
Dates: 1922-1980

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