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Ahrens, Thomas Julien (Geophysicist)



  • Existence: 1936 - 2010


Background: Fletcher Jones Professor of Geophysics, Caltech, 2004 (emeritus, 2005); Associate professor and professor of geophysics, Caltech, 1967-2005.


Description: Thoms Ahrens was born in Frankfurt, Germany on April 25, 1936. He earned his undergraduate degree from MIT in 1957, a master's from Caltech in 1958, and a PhD from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in 1962. He came to Caltech in 1967 after 5 years with Pan American Petroleum Corp, the US Army, and Stanford Research Institute. Ahrens's field of research was in the use of shock waves to study minerals under high temperatures and pressures, specifically to obtain geological information on the nature of the Earth's core.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Airtalk: The Caltech Edition

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1990-00002

Airtalk: The Caltech Edition

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1990-00003

AirTalk with Thomas Ahrens and Eleanor Helin, 1989-12-20

Scope and Contents From the Collection: The collection is divided according to the recording type: audio and video then ordered chronologically. Each recording includes an interview with either Caltech faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, JPL scientists or administrators. It also includes features such as Caltech Almanac -a detailed look at some of the many interesting people, places and discoveries in Caltech’s history-, Caltech Calendar -a listing of upcoming public events on campus- and Caltech in the News....
Dates: 1989-12-20

AirTalk with Thomas Ahrens and Eleanor Helin

 Digital Record
Identifier: 2018-01-31-000009

Death Of Dinosaurs

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1986-00002

Thomas J. Ahrens

 File — Box Z1: Series II
Identifier: Z01
Scope and Contents

Program of symposium "Planetary Impacts and Physics of Planetary Interiors," Caltech, May 11-12, 2006. In honor of Thomas J. Ahrens. Includes LA Times obituary 12/10/2010.

Dates: 19th century to present

UCSD Site Visit

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1993-00002

Additional filters:

Unprocessed Material 4
Archival Object 2
Digital Record 1
AirTalk 3
Geophysics 2
Astronomy 1
College students 1
Geology 1
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