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Aron Kuppermann Papers

Identifier: 10269-MS

Scope and Contents

The Kuppermann Papers have been divided into nine series, organized in one hundred and eight archival boxes. The collection is organized into the following series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. World Bank 1983- 2005
  3. California Institute of Technology
  4. Teaching
  5. Writings and Publications
  6. Talks and Meetings
  7. Research Files
  8. Computing
  9. Biographical and Personal Material


  • 1946-2012

Language of Materials

English & Portuguese


The collection is open to researchers with the exception of three files (29.8, 31.6, and 31.7) that remain closed indefinitely for reasons of confidentiality and privacy. The collection is STORED OFFSITE. Researchers must apply in writing at least 48 hours in advance for access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright may not have been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Caltech Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Institute of Technology Archives as the owner of the physical items and, unless explicitly stated otherwise, is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.


Aron Kuppermann was born in São Paulo, Brazil on May 6, 1926. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1948, and another in Civil Engineering in 1952, both from the University of São Paulo. In 1955 he received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. From 1955 to 1963 he taught at the University of Illinois. He was appointed professor of Physical Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 1963, where he spent the rest of his academic career until his retirement in 2010.

Along his academic career, Professor Kupperman worked as a consultant for many organizations such as the Argonne National Laboratory, the Armour Research Foundation, and Instituto de Energia Atómica in São Paulo, Brazil, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the World Bank.

Kuppermann was a member of the advisory board of the International Journal for Radiation Physics and Chemistry (1968-1976) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Physical Chemistry (1965-1970). He was a member of the Joint U.S.-Brazil Science Cooperation Program on Graduate Teaching and Research in Chemistry between 1969 and 1973 and served as its chairman from 1973 until 1976. For further biographical information, researchers should refer to his oral history, conducted by Shirley K. Cohen between July-November 2001, which is deposited in the Caltech Archives. An online version can be found online at:


47 linear feet (108 boxes)


Aron Kuppermann (1926-2011) was a leader in the field of computational chemistry and was best known for his theoretical studies of the dynamics of chemical reactions. During his many years at Caltech (1963-2011), Kuppermann also worked as a consultant for the World Bank on projects of Science and Technology in Brazil, China, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, and Uganda from 1983 to 2005. His papers reflect his avid interest in both scientific research and teaching.

Acquisition Information

The Aron Kuppermann Papers were given to the Caltech Archives by Mrs. Roza Kuppermann, Aron Kuppermann's widow, in 2012-2013.
Finding Aid for the Aron Kuppermann Papers, 1946-2012
Processed by Nurit Lifshitz
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

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

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