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|Named Person:||Wolfgang Pauli; Victor Frederick Weisskopf; Niels Bohr|
|Document Type:||Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Victor Frederick Weisskopf
|Language Note:||The material is primarily in English. In addition there are materials in German, Danish, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Chinese.|
|Notes:||Location of resource: Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Processing Information: Victor Weisskopf assigned folder titles to only some of the materials, which were received by the Institute Archives over the time span of almost thirty years. Those titles have been preserved, but have been expanded when necessary to provide additional information, including dates, co-authors, locations, etc. When original titles were not available, folders were labeled by the Archives staff to reflect their content. Series arrangement, series names, and the sequence of folders within each series were also devised by the Archives staff.
|Description:||60.0 cubic feet in 8 record cartons, 146 manuscript boxes, 6 half manuscript boxes, 3 flat boxes, 1 phonograph record box.|
(Cont.) The collection documents the professional life and career of Victor Frederick Weisskopf (1908-2002) from the 1920s through 2002. Educated in Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, Weisskopf made important contributions to the quantum theory of radiative transitions, the self-energy of electrons, the electrodynamic properties of the vacuum, and the theory of nuclear reactions. In 1943, several years after his move to the United States, Weisskopf was invited to join the Manhattan Project, where he served as deputy chairman of the theoretical division. He was a member of the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Physics starting in 1945, Institute Professor from 1965, and Institute Professor Emeritus from 1974. In addition to his research and teaching activities, Weisskopf played a major role in shaping the development of high-energy particle physics in the US and in Europe, serving as director general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) between 1961 and 1965 and chair of the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) from 1967 through 1973. Throughout his life he was involved in activities of many professional organizations including the Federation of Atomic Scientists, Pugwash Conferences, American Physical Society, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Pontifical Academy of Science. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1960s through the 1990s, reflecting Weisskopf's role as a physicist, educator, administrator, scientific statesman, and advocate of social and political causes.
- Pauli, Wolfgang, -- 1900-1958.
- Weisskopf, Victor Frederick, -- 1908-2002.
- Bohr, Niels, -- 1885-1962.
- European Organization for Nuclear Research.
- United States. -- High Energy Physics Advisory Panel.
- International Union of Pure and Applied Physics.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. -- Department of Physics.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. -- Center for Theoretical Physics.
- Union of Concerned Scientists.
- Pontificia Accademia delle scienze.
- Arms race.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Faculty.
- Nuclear arms control.
- Nuclear physics.
- Nuclear physics -- Study and teaching.
- Nuclear reactions.
- Nuclear structure.
- Particles (Nuclear physics) -- Research.
- Physicists -- Germany.
- Physics -- Research.
- Physics -- Study and teaching.
- Physicists -- Archives.
- Quantum electrodynamics.
- Quantum field theory.
- Quantum theory.
- Quantum theory -- Study and teaching.
- Science -- International cooperation.
- Science -- Social aspects.
- Science -- Study and teaching -- 20th century.