Wiersma, Cornelis A. G. (Biologist)
- Existence: 1905 - 1979
Background: Caltech Professor of Biology, 1933-1976.
Description: Born and educated in the Netherlands, Wiersma came to Caltech at the invitation of Thomas Hunt Morgan. He represented the field of comparative physiology and his scientific career focused first on the neuromuscular system, then the central nervous system and finally the visual system. From 1943 to 1950, he studied the myography and treatment of poliomyelitis and the treatment of schizophrenia with electronarcosis while on the attending staff of the Los Angeles County General Hospital. He was also a member of the Los Angeles County Smog Control Comission.
Collection Notes: Papers, 1921-1979. The bulk of the collection is professional correspondence, including items in Dutch and German, relating mainly to his work in neurophysiology, principally between 1950 and 1970. Other correspondence is concerned with meetings, professional associations and publishing. A small part of the collection is devoted to areas of research and research programs.
Collection size: 7 boxes, 3 linear ft.
Finding aid available at the Archives.
Photo of Cornelis A.G. Wiersma (PhotoNet).