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Carl D. Anderson Papers

Identifier: 10053-MS
Overview A selection of the course and teaching notes, correspondence, technical files, and photographs of Carl D. Anderson (1905-1991) form the collection known as the Carl D. Anderson Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Working under Robert A. Millikan at Caltech, Anderson conducted experiments on the penetrating radiation known as cosmic rays with a magnet cloud chamber, and in 1936 he won the Nobel Prize in physics for his discovery of the positive electron, or...
Dates: 1923-1987

Ronald W. P. Drever Papers

Identifier: 10293-MS
Scope and Contents The Ronald W.P. Drever papers document his career and research at Caltech with his research in laser interferomters, including his collaborative work in what was known as Gravity Wave Physics and the founding of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). The collection includes correspondence, memos, research notebooks, and a collection of Caltech and the Physics, Math, and Astronomy (PMA) Division announcements.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1979-1994

Jesse W. M. DuMond Papers

Identifier: 10010-MS
Overview Jesse William Monroe DuMond, experimental physicist and professor of physics at Caltech, 1938-1963, was known for his work on physical constants and spectroscopic instrumentation. His papers contain principally his scientific correspondence, with some reprints, photos of experimental apparatus, and biographical material, the latter including his unpublished autobiography.
Dates: 1912-1976

Paul Sophus Epstein Papers

Identifier: 10067-MS
Overview Epstein was a physicist at California Institute of Technology from 1921-1953; he taught advanced courses in mathematical and theoretical physics. Collection includes general and family correspondence; personal and biographical material; notebooks; manuscripts; class notes by a Caltech student; books, mostly technical and in Russian; reprints of Epstein's writings.
Dates: 1898-1966

William A. Fowler Papers

Identifier: 10070-MS
Overview These papers document the career of William A. Fowler, who served on the physics faculty at California Institute of Technology from 1939 until 1982. Focusing heavily on nuclear physics and astrophysics, the Fowler papers form a rich and important collection for the history of physics, and illustrate the politics and sociology of science in the twentieth century. They also contain substantial material on Caltech's World War II rocket developments, plus documents on Project Vista, a Cold-War...
Dates: 1917-1994

Murray Gell-Mann Papers

Identifier: 10219-MS
Dates: 1931-2001; Majority of material found within 1955-1993

Elmer and Joseph Heller Collection on Richard P. Feynman

Identifier: 10261-MS
Overview The small collection of 36 items contains 20 letters and postcards of Richard Feynman to his childhood friend Elmer W.Heller, in addition to letters from others to Elmer Heller, including two letters from Arline Greenbaum, Feynman's first wife. Also included are some miscellaneous documents and photos related to Richard Feynman. The collection was assembled and donated by Elmer Heller's brother, Joseph Heller.
Dates: 1935-1990

Robert B. Leighton Papers

Identifier: 10115-MS
Overview This collection documents the career of Robert B. Leighton, who served as a member of the physics faculty at the California Institute of Technology from 1949 until 1986. The materials relating to the California Institute of Technology include research proposals for funding on design projects for NASA, radio and optical telescope dish designs (Owens Valley Radio Observatory and Keck Telescope), and radio astronomy, and other observational data. The papers also contain lecture notes to courses...
Dates: 1938-1988

Robert A. Millikan Papers

Identifier: MillikanRA
Scope and Contents The core of the Robert A. Millikan Papers consists of the official papers generated by Millikan during the 25 years that he was the executive officer at the Institute. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence, lecture notes, and other materials dealing with scientific and academic matters.For scholars pursuing topics related to Millikan’s professional activities, the first five series will hold the greatest interest as they contain the bulk of correspondence and other papers...
Dates: 1821 - 1953

Edward Williams Morley Family Papers

Identifier: 10023-MS
Overview Letters primarily to the nineteenth-century American chemist Edward Williams Morley, and letters to and from other members of his family including his parents and siblings, also including an important collection of Civil War letters, in addition to miscellaneous historical documents, form the collection titled the Edward Williams Morley Family Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Edward Morley is best known for his collaboration with Albert A. Michelson on the...
Dates: 1828-1922

Henry Victor Neher Papers

Identifier: 10049-MS
Overview The papers of H. Victor Neher (1904-1999), Caltech professor of physics, 1931-1970. Neher was one of Caltech's early PhDs in physics. He belonged to Robert A. Millikan's cosmic-ray research group at Caltech for 20 years and served on the Caltech faculty for over 40. His papers include correspondence, especially with and by Millikan; cosmic-ray data, slides and photographs of apparatus, and expedition journals; reprints; and an autobiography titled "Memories."
Dates: 1916-1994

H. P. Robertson Papers

Identifier: 10024-MS
Overview H. P. Robertson was professor of mathematical physics at Caltech in 1927-1929 and again from 1947 until his death in 1961. He made notable contributions to the fields of relativity and cosmology and held important positions in the U.S. government related to national defense and science advising. His papers include correspondence, some with the most prominent physicists and mathematicians of his day; papers relating to professional organizations, companies, and government; teaching, writing, and...
Dates: 1922-1980

Fredrik Zachariasen Papers

Identifier: 10195-MS
Overview The working papers, correspondence, publications, and biographical material of physicist Fredrik Zachariasen form the collection known as the Fredrik Zachariasen Papers in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Zachariasen specialized in theoretical physics, focusing on the interactions of elementary particles at high energies. He was an active member of the JASON defense advisory group, which was organized in 1960 to work on problems of national security.
Dates: 1948-1999