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Water on the moon, correspondence 1965

 File — Box: 186, Folder: 34
Identifier: Series IX:

Scope and Content of Collection

From the Collection: The working papers, correspondence, reprints, and biographical material of William Alfred Fowler form the collection known as the Fowler Papers at the California Institute of Technology Archives.

The Fowler papers form an exceedingly rich and important collection for the history of physics and astrophysics, as well as for the politics and sociology of science in the twentieth century. Fowler saved a vast amount of material, including documents related to his mentor Charles C. Lauritsen from the 1920s and 1930s at Caltech. Lauritsen destroyed most of his own papers connected with Caltech's World War II rocket project, but Fowler preserved his, giving researchers today a detailed first-hand account of Caltech's intensive involvement in the war effort. A similar level of documentation exists for Fowler's involvement in postwar defense work, particularly the study of strategic nuclear weapons known as Project Vista, and the creation of the Office of Naval Research (ONR).


  • 1917-1994


The collection is open for research. Researchers must apply in writing for access.


From the Collection: 94 linear feet (209 boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the California Institute of Technology Archives and Special Collections Repository

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