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Guide to the Arthur L. Schawlow Papers
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  • Overview
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Sketch
  • Description of the Collection
  • Access Terms

  • Overview

    Call Number: SC0554
    Creator: Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999
    Title: Arthur L. Schawlow papers
    Dates: 1949-1997
    Physical Description: 98 Linear feet
    Summary: These papers primarily document Schawlow's career at Stanford and include correspondence, 1951-1995; lecture notes and class files, 1980-1988, containing problem sets and solutions, exams, and other information; grant files; records from participation in professional organizations including American Physical Society, American Institute of Physics, and the Optical Society of America; and reprints of his and his students' articles, 1949-1994. Also included is correspondence, clippings, and brochures pertaining to autism, 1981-1989, including typescript of "Our Autistic Son" by Aurelia T. and Arthur L. Schawlow.
    Language(s): The materials are in English.
    Repository: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Stanford University Libraries
    557 Escondido Mall
    Stanford, CA 94305-6064
    Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
    Phone: (650) 725-1022
    URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

    Administrative Information

    Provenance

    Gift of Arthur Schawlow, 1997-1998.

    Information about Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Ownership & Copyright

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Cite As

    Arthur L. Schawlow Papers (SC0554). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biographical/Historical Sketch

    Arthur L. Schawlow, professor of physics at Stanford University from 1961 to 1991, received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1981 for his contributions to the development of laser spectroscopy. He and his brother-in-law, Charles Townes, professor emeritus at the University of California-Berkeley, published their first paper showing how to build a laser in 1958, while Schawlow was a research physicist at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Schawlow earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto and was a research associate and associate professor at Columbia University before coming to Stanford. He was chair of the physics department from 1966 to 1970 and retired from active teaching in 1991 with the rank of professor emeritus. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Description of the Collection

    These papers primarily document Schawlow's career at Stanford and include correspondence, 1951-1995; lecture notes and class files, 1980-1988, containing problem sets and solutions, exams, and other information; grant files; records from participation in professional organizations including American Physical Society, American Institute of Physics, and the Optical Society of America; and reprints of his and his students' articles, 1949-1994. Also included is correspondence, clippings, and brochures pertaining to autism, 1981-1989, including typescript of "Our Autistic Son" by Aurelia T. and Arthur L. Schawlow.

    Access Terms

    American Institute of Physics.
    American Physical Society.
    Optical Society of America.
    Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999
    Stanford University--Curricula.
    Stanford University--Faculty.
    Stanford University. Dept. of Physics.
    Autism.
    Lasers.
    Microwave spectroscopy.
    Physics--Study and teaching.