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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.
Biographical/Historical 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 1 Collection or Record:

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