American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
1.5 linear ft. (3 manuscript boxes)
Notebooks from courses with noted physicists including Fritz London, Eugen Merzbacher, Lothar Nordheim, Nathan Rosen, and Hertha Sponer, at institutions such as Duke University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Topics include nuclear physics, kinetic theory, quantum and statistical mechanics, atomic spectra, relativity.
American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
244 pages.
Geophysicist (Seismology). Research associate, Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory, 1953-1955; professor of geology, Columbia University, 1955-1971; chairman of dept. of geology, Cornell University from 1971.
American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
2 cassettes. 63 pages.
Topics include his childhood and the influence of his mechanic father and religiously idealistic mother; his work in graduate school at UCLA with Norman Watson and Vern Knudsen; other mentors including Sepmeyer, Veneklassen, Cyril Harris, and Isadore Rudnick; his move to San Diego and start of his Naval career; activism in noise control; Fletcher's critical band theory and the training of sonar operators; work in underwater environmental acoustics; his interests in sailing and church work; influence of Alpha Gamma Omega christian fraternity; his transition after World War II to permanent Naval employment; contributions with John Webster and Paul Veneklassen to the development of noise-reducing headsets enabling acoustic communication on noisy carrier decks; his retirement in 1980.
American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
4 cassettes. 50 pages.
Topics include his early experiences; study of geophysics at the University of Toronto (1943-1947, M.A. 1948); influence of Arthur Brant, Lachlan Gilchrist, Burton, John Satterly, J. Tuzo Wilson, and Watson. Employment by Dominion Observatory. Doctorate in geophysics at University of St. Louis (1949-1951). Work on magnetic field and gravitational field mapping. Lecturer at Toronto (1949-1952) and Geophysicist at Dominion Observatory (1952-1954). Study of the relation of gravitational and magnetic anomalies in Geophysics; gravimetry. Cratering disputes in geophysics and the work of Carl Beals, Harrision, and Hodgson. Professor at Alberta (1954-1960) and Toronto (1963-199?). Use of seismic studies to measure explosions. Roles of funding agencies. Tenure as Secretary-General of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics.
American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
51 pages. 4 cassettes.
Attended University of Toronto for an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics in 1945 and completed a Master's thesis on servomechanisms in 1948. Employed as an Instructor for the Canadian version of the GI Bill, came to MIT in 1948. Worked with Leo Beranek in Acoustics lab and completed doctorate in 1952 with a dissertation about the perception of sounds shaped by resonant circuits. A research staff member of MIT from 1952-1954, he accepted a faculty position at MIT in 1955. Promoted to Associate Professor in 1957. Worked with G. Fant while on sabbatical in Sweden in 1962 and brought back x-ray films that formed the basis for early work with Joseph Perkell. Promoted to professor in 1963. Collaborated with Dennis Klatt on pioneering speech synthesis project, Klattalk, that formed the basis of DECtalk and many of speech synthesizers in use today. Served as President of the Acoustical Society of America 1976-1977. Awarded Clarence J. LeBel professorship in the department of ... Read More
American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
6 cassettes. 102 pages.
Interview discusses: his family life and childhood, Kalamazoo High School and historic Chenery Auditorium; attended Kalamazoo College, drafted into Army; in charge of communications station outside of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory; returned for physics degree at Kalamazoo College; attended graduate school at Pennsylvania State University; finished Ph.D. and worked in Ionosphere Lab, with Marcel Nicolet as thesis advisor; joins Nicolet in IGY Office in Brussels, 1955.
American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
3 cassettes. 29 pages.
Topics discussed include: family background and childhood; his education at King's College, London; the difference between American and British physicists; quantum mechanics; and David Baum.
American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
25 pages. 1 cassette.
Interview covers Sandra Faber's childhood experiences; parental background; early reading; early preference for steady state model; relationship between questions and answers in science; confusion over being a woman and being a scientist; lack of female role models in science; education at Swarthmore and the influence of Sarah Lee Lippincott there; graduate work at Harvard; husband's job; graduate work at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism; influence of Vera Rubin; early results of dark matter by Morton Roberts in the late 1960s; thesis work on photometric studies of elliptical galaxies; community's attitude toward excess mass in rotation curves in the late 1960s; motivation for work on the Faber-Jackson relationship between luminosity and velocity dispersion; motivation for work with the Seven Samurai (Burstein, Davies, Dressler, Faber, Lynden-Bell, Terlevich, and Wegner) on peculiar velocities; attitude of the community toward the Seven Samurai work on peculiar velocities; ... Read More
American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
2.5 linear feet (5 manuscript boxes).
Correspondence; travel notes; diaries; photograph albums; postcards. The correspondence (bulk dates, 1903-1905, 1933-1942, 1950-1954) consists of Williams' observations to his parents and later to his children on the various phases of his career, including his years (1903-1905) as a student at the Universita╠łt Berlin, where he became acquainted with Max Planck and Max von Laue; his year at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University (1928-1929), and his years at Amherst College (1910-1947) including his involvement in the establishment of the Snell Museum of Physics at Amherst (1932-1933); and his experiences at General Motors (1949-1950) studying magnetism; correspondence with Robert M. Hutchins and Walter G. Cady (1945-1953). The travel notes and diaries written in Europe (1903-1905) are supplemented by photograph albums and postcards.
American Institute of Physics - Niels Bohr Library and Archives
0.75 linear feet (1 manuscript box and 1 half manuscript box).
This addition to the records of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) includes awards; education workshops; board of directors minutes and financial statements; committees, chapters, divisions records; election results; topical conference information; membership materials. A section of newsletters and meeting materials were removed and placed with the AVS miscellaneous publications.