Scope and Contents
The collection is arranged by chronological order. This series started in 1922, but the first recording dates back to 1971 and since it is still ongoing, the collection continues to grow, with about 9 new lectures per academic year.
These lectures feature speakers from Caltech and JPL, spotlighting a small selection of the pioneering research conducted in the fields of Biology and Biological Engineering, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Engineering and Applied Science, Geological and Planetary Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy.
The list of speakers includes also several Nobel Prize winners, such as David Baltimore (1978 Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine), Hans Bethe (1967 Nobel Prize winner in Physics), William Fowler (1983 Nobel Prize winner in Physics) Murray Gell-Mann (1969 Nobel Prize winner in Physics), David Politzer (2004 Nobel Prize winner in Physics) and Ahmed Zewail (1999 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry).
Most of the recordings are analog but thanks to the California Audiovisual Preservation Project about 60 among the legacy audiovisuals were digitized and can be accessed now online. The newest lectures from the last decade are online as well.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research. Researchers must apply in writing for access.
From the Collection: ca. 90 audiocassettes (Compact Cassette)
From the Collection: ca. 180 videocassettes
From the Collection: ca. 100 computer files
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English