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Richard Lingenfelter Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: Lingenfelter, Richard E.
    Title: Richard Lingenfelter Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1980 - 1999
    Extent: 17.53 linear feet (44 archives boxes and one oversize folder.)
    Abstract: Papers of Richard E. Lingenfelter, research astrophysicist and UCSD physics lecturer. The collection documents his years at UCSD (1979-1999) as a member of the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences. Lingenfelter worked in the areas of solar high energy emissions, gamma-ray bursts and supernovas (especially SN 1987a). He also served on such committees as NASA's Gamma-ray Program Working Group and the National Research Council's Astronomy Assessment Panel. The collection is rich in Lingenfelter's research and writings, including research materials, notes, correspondence, drafts, and final versions of many of his papers. Research proposals developed by Lingenfelter document experiments leading to his theoretical work in gamma-rays, and subject files record his areas of research interest. Correspondence documents his work refereeing for journals and consulting for scientific organizations. The conferences series chronicles Lingenfelter's participation in the planning of the 19th Annual International Cosmic Ray Conference in 1985. The collection is organized in nine series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) WRITINGS, 3) PROPOSALS, 4) COMMITTEES, 5) RESEARCH PROJECTS, 6) REFEREE REPORTS AND CONSULTING, 7) CONFERENCES, 8) SUBJECT FILES, and 9) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
    Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Collection number: MSS 0425
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    Richard Lingenfelter Papers, MSS 0425. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Biography

    Richard E. Lingenfelter was born on April 5, 1934, in Farmington, New Mexico. He received his B.A. in physics from UCLA in 1956 and was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the TATA Institute for Fundamental Research in 1968-69. He held research positions at Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (1957-1962) and at UCLA's Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics (1969-1979). Lingenfelter took the post of research physicist, theoretician and senior lecturer at UCSD's Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS) in 1979.
    At CASS, Lingenfelter has worked with the Solar Physics Group and the High Energy Astronomy Group. His areas of research include cosmic gamma-rays, gamma-ray bursts and supernovas (especially SN 1987a). Lingenfelter's major research proposals and projects include Solar Flare Gamma Ray and Neutron Studies and Gamma-rays from Astrophysical Sources. Lingenfelter has also been involved with such NASA missions as the Gamma-Ray Observatory, the Nuclear Astrophysics Explorer, the Solar Maximum Mission, and the High Energy Astrophysical Observatory 1.
    Lingenfelter served as chair of the NASA Gamma-ray Program Working Group (1986-1995), and participated on the NASA Gamma-ray Observatory User's Committee (1986-1993), among others. He has been a consultant for NASA as well as for the National Science Foundation, the California Space Institute and the Lunar and Planetary Institute. The ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, THE PHYSICAL REVIEW, and JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH are among the many journals for which he has reviewed manuscripts. He is the author of over 200 scientific articles, many published in these same journals. Lingenfelter has also published several articles and books in the field of western American history.
    Institutions at which Lingenfelter instructed undergraduate students in physics, earth science and history include UCLA; TATA Institute of Fundamental Research; the University of Nanjing, China; the International Summer School on Particles and Fields in Space at Balatonfured, Hungary; and, UCSD.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The papers of Richard E. Lingenfelter document his professional life as a research astrophysicist, including his writings in the fields of x-ray and gamma-ray emissions and the properties of solar flares. The collection comprises research proposals, committee meeting minutes, conference materials, and subject files containing articles and notes on topic including supernovas, gamma-ray bursts, meteorites, and high energy astronomy generally.
    The collection is organized in nine series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 2) WRITINGS, 3) PROPOSALS, 4) COMMITTEES, 5) RESEARCH PROJECTS, 6) REFEREE REPORTS AND CONSULTING, 7) CONFERENCES, 8) SUBJECT FILES, and 9) ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES.
    SERIES 1: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS
    The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS series consists of Lingenfelter's curriculum vitae and articles mentioning Lingenfelter or his research.
    SERIES 2: WRITINGS
    The WRITINGS series is arranged in two subseries: A) Presentations and B) Journal Articles and Papers. Both series are arranged alphabetically by title of the work. The Presentations subseries includes talks, speeches and lectures, comprised mainly of drafts and viewgraphs. The Journal Articles and Papers subseries includes primarily versions of published works and consists of drafts, notes and research materials as well as reprints. The works in both subseries range over such topics as solar flares, annihilation radiation, x-rays and gamma-rays, cosmic rays, neutron stars, and supernovae.
    SERIES 3: PROPOSALS
    The PROPOSALS series, arranged alphabetically by title of proposal, documents the development process of various projects and contains drafts, notes and research materials, as well as final copies of proposals. Projects of note include "Theoretical Studies in Gamma-ray Astrophysics" and "Solar Flare Gamma-ray and Neutron Studies."
    SERIES 4: COMMITTEES
    The COMMITTEES series is arranged alphabetically by committee name and contains primarily meeting minutes. Notable committees include NASA's Gamma-ray Project Working Group, the Gamma-ray Observatory User's Committee and the National Research Council's Astronomy Assessment Panel. The NRC Astronomy Assessment Panel researched and reported on the state of the astronomy profession and summarized the demographics of degrees awarded, employment and productive writing, and research patterns in astronomy and astrophysics in the late 20th century.
    SERIES 5: RESEARCH PROJECTS
    The RESEARCH PROJECTS series is organized in two subseries: A) Nuclear Astrophysics Explorer and B) Gamma-Ray Observatory. The Nuclear Astrophysics Explorer (NAE), planned but never launched, evolved into the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL). This subseries contains notes, research materials, meeting minutes, and project plans. The Gamma-Ray Observatory (GRO) subseries contains notes, research, meeting minutes, project plans, reports, and data obtained from the mission. Proposals for these projects are located in Series 3.
    SERIES 6: REFEREE REPORTS AND CONSULTING
    The REFEREE REPORTS AND CONSULTING series, consisting of correspondence regarding Lingenfelter's duties as a referee and consultant, is arranged in two subseries: A) Consulting and B) Reviewing and Refereeing. Both series are ordered alphabetically by journal title or firm for which consulting was done. Lingenfelter refereed for the ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, PHYSICAL REVIEW, and the JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH, among others. He did consulting work for such organizations as the California Space Institute, NASA and Universities Space Research Association.
    SERIES 7: CONFERENCES
    The CONFERENCES series documents conferences in which Lingenfelter played a significant role in planning and/or presenting new research. Conferences of note include the Gamma-ray Transients Workshop sponsored by the American Institute of Physics (1981-1982), the Santa Cruz Summer Workshop in Astronomy (1983), the 22nd annual meeting of NASA's Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) (1979), and the 19th Annual International Cosmic-ray Conference (1985) held in La Jolla. This series is arranged alphabetically by sponsoring agency.
    SERIES 8: SUBJECT FILES
    The SUBJECT FILES series is arranged alphabetically and includes notes, data, charts, reprints, and occasional correspondence on such topics as gamma-ray bursts, high energy solar emissions, supernovas, and meteorites.
    SERIES 9: ORIGINALS OF PRESERVATION PHOTOCOPIES
    This series contains originals too fragile or acidic to be kept with the rest of the collection. All of these materials have been photocopied and the photocopies are placed in their appropriate series.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Lingenfelter, Richard E. -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego -- Faculty -- History
    University of California, San Diego. -- Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences
    Compton Observatory
    Solar Maximum Mission (Project)
    Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
    United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    National Research Council (U.S.). -- Astronomy Survey Committee
    CASS High Energy Astronomy Group
    Astrophysicists -- United States -- Biography
    Astrophysics
    Astronomy
    High Energy Astronomy Observatories
    Gamma rays
    Gamma Ray bursts
    Supernovae