Scope and Content
Title: Jakob Bjerknes Papers,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1900-1988
Collection number: 1709
Bjerknes, Jakob, 1897-1975
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Jakob Aall Bonnevie Bjerknes (1897-1975) was a professor of meteorology at UCLA (1940-1965). He founded UCLA's Atmospheric
Sciences Department. His research work focused on the importance of atmospheric fronts and initial formulation of polar front
model, and global changes in the atmosphere. The collection consists of material relating to Bjerknes and his meteorologist
father, Vilhelm. There are clippings, printed items, correspondence, photographs and memorabilia, papers by Jakob Bjerknes,
awards, and materials regarding his memorial at UCLA, memorial lecture and fund.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special
Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
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: Advance notice required for access.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Hedvig Bjerknes, 1993.
[Identification of item], Jakob Bjerknes Papers (Collection 1709). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research
UCLA Catalog Record ID
UCLA Catalog Record ID:
Jakob Aall Bonnevie Bjerknes was born November 2, 1897; his father, Vilhelm Bjerknes published books on meteorology, including
Dynamic meteorology and hydrography (1910-11); Jakob earned a Ph.D at the University of Oslo (Norway) in 1924; became chief of weather forecasting for western
Norway in Bergen, 1921-31; consultancies in Zurich and London; professor of meteorology, University of Bergen, 1931-40; professor
(1940-65) and professor emeritus, beginning in 1965, UCLA; founded UCLA Atmospheric Sciences Department; research work on
importance of atmospheric fronts and initial formulation of polar front model, and global changes in the atmosphere; publications
Life cycle of cyclones and the polar front theory of atmospheric cirulation (1922); member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; he died in 1975.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of material relating to UCLA meteorologist Jakob Bjerknes and his meteorologist father Vilhelm, including
clippings, printed items, correspondence, photographs and memorabilia. Includes papers by Jakob Bjerknes, awards, and materials
regarding his memorial at UCLA, memorial lecture and fund. Contains material about air-sea interactions from the Jakob Bjerknes
Symposium, February 1988. Some materials are in Norwegian.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bjerknes, Jakob, 1897-1975--Archives.
Bjerknes, V. (Vilhelm), 1862- --Archival resources.
University of California, Los Angeles. Dept. of Meteorology--Faculty--Archival resources.