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Guide to the Papers of Robert L. Walker, 1937-1994
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Description
This collection documents the career of Robert L. Walker, Professor of Physics at Caltech from 1949-1981. The records illustrate Walker's expertise in experimental high energy physics, particularly in the design of detectors. The records include working files relating to the Caltech synchrotron; technical files and log books; correspondence; manuscripts and reports; and files relating to other accelerator laboratories.
Background
Born in Saint Louis, Missouri on June 29, 1919, Robert Walker spent most of his childhood in Winnetka, a suburb north of Chicago. After graduating from a local high school, he attended Harvard University for one year and then transferred to the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1941 with a B.Sc. in physics. During the war, Walker worked on the Manhattan Project first in the Metallurgical Laboratory of the University of Chicago, then in Los Alamos National Laboratory where the atomic bomb was built.
Extent
6 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright may not have been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Institute of Technology Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
The collection is open for research. Researchers must apply in writing for access.