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A. Theodore Forrester Papers, 1985-1987 (Collection 1978)
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Processing Note
  • Biography/History
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: A. Theodore Forrester Papers
    Collection number: 1978
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.5 linear ft.
    Date: 1985-1987
    Language of Materials: English
    Abstract: The collection contains notes, drafts, and publication information concerning Forrester's work on ionization, including materials related to his book Large Ion Beams.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Terry Crow, 16 July 1997.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], A. Theodore Forrester Papers (Collection 1978). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7173837 

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • 1. Publications on ionization.
    • 2. Publications on ionization by A. Theodore Forrester.
    • 3. Articles on the analysis of ionization.
    • 4. Resonance, Radiation, Excitation, Ionization by A. Theodore Forrester.
    • 5. Surface ionization reprints
    • 6. Draft of Large Ion Beams
    • 7. Letter to A. Theodore Forrester from Harold R. Kaufman concerning Soviet Union thruster research.
    • 8. Notes concerning ionization.
    • 9. Book correspondence and publication information.
    • 10. Unsorted notes.
    • 11. Index to notebooks and unsorted references.
    • 12. Correspondence with publishers.
    • 13. Outline, introduction, and notes for A Broad Uniform Unidirectional Ion Source by A. Theodore Forrester and J. T. Crow, N. A. Massie and D. Scott Goebel.
    • 14. Large Ion Beams.

    Scope and Content

    This collection focuses on Forrester's work on ionization and contains a large amount of pre-publication materials, including drafts and notes.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Benjamin Formaker-Olivas and Lilace Hatayama, August 2012.


    Theodore Forrester (1918-1987) was a renowned physicist, engineer and inventor, famous for his research in ionization, quantum optics, and satellite acceleration. Forrester received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1942. He then worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of California Radiation Lab in Berkeley. He worked in the private sector (including RCA Laboratories,Westinghouse Research Labs, and International and Rocketdyne Divisions of North America) and academic institutions, including USC, the University of Pittsburgh, and UC Irvine. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1967. At UCLA he was a member of both the Physics Department and the Electrical Engineering Department, working on the physics of ionized gases (plasmas), specializing in plasma sheaths and plasma sources. His last work, Large Ion Beams: Fundamentals of Generation and Propagation, was finished weeks before his death in 1987 and published the same year.
    Forrester was a popular teacher of physics, electromagnetics, and plasma physics and an active member of the Academic Senate and the Academic Freedom and Faculty Welfare Committees. He was a political activist as well, speaking out against the Vietnam War, nuclear proliferation, U.S. intervention in Central America and the Strategic Defense Initiative.
    Extracted from In Memoriam, University of California Academic Senate.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    A. Theodore Forrester.