The Papers of Lee A. DuBridge span the years 1932 to 1986 and contain
correspondence, documents, reports, speeches, and memorabilia which reflect his tenure as chairman of
the department of physics, University of Rochester; head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's
Radiation Laboratory; president of the California Institute of Technology; and his active participation in
scores of professional, governmental and civic organizations.
Lee Alvin DuBridge, president of the California Institute of Technology from 1946 to 1969, was born in
Terre Haute, Indiana, on September 21, 1901. He majored in physics at Cornell College in Mount Vernon,
Iowa, and received his PhD in 1926 from the University of Wisconsin. The subject of his thesis, the
photoelectric effect, continued to occupy him during his first postdoctoral years, initially as a National Research
Council fellow at Caltech under Robert A. Millikan (1926-1928), and subsequently as assistant professor of
physics at Washington University, St. Louis. DuBridge co-authored Photoelectric Phenomena (1932) with
Arthur L. Hughes, chairman of physics at Washington University, and later published his own book, New
Theories of the Photoelectric Effect, in 1935.
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Because of the sensitivity of some of the material in the DuBridge papers, the University Archivist has
closed certain files. Closed files will be reviewed periodically and opened when no longer deemed sensitive.
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