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Goldberger (Marvin L.) Papers
MSS 0793  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Related Materials Note
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • OFF-SITE STORAGE
  • Publication Rights
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: Marvin L. Goldberger Papers
    Creator: Goldberger , Marvin L.
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0793
    Physical Description: 4.8 Linear feet (12 archives boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1945 - 2012
    Abstract: Papers of Marvin Leonard "Murph" Goldberger, a particle physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, the fifth president of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and a founding member and chairman of the JASON group of scientists. Goldberger served on the faculty of UC San Diego from 1993 until his death in 2014.

    Related Materials Note

    Marvin L. Goldberger Papers (10090-MS). California Institute of Technology.
    The CalTech papers include personal and general correspondence, documents relating to the administration of Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), papers concerning professional societies, government and civic affairs, arms control, human rights, and a small amount of biographical material.

    Biography

    Marvin Leonard "Murph" Goldberger was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 22, 1922. He attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh (now Carnegie-Mellon University) where he received his bachelor's degree in 1943. For the next three years he served in the U.S. Army while attending graduate school, primarily in the theoretical physics division of the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago, where he worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. Goldberger was closely associated with Nobel Laureate Eugene P. Wigner and was a member of the Wigner's team of scientists who did the principal work for the great atomic (Production Reactor) Pile Design at DuPont and Hanford in Washington.
    While at the University of Chicago, Goldberger met his future wife, Mildred Ginsberg, also a mathematician and physicist working on the Manhattan Project. Goldberger received his PhD in physics in 1948 under the mentorship of another Nobel Laureate, Italian physicist Enrico Fermi.
    Goldberger joined the faculty at the University of Chicago and taught physics from 1950 through 1957. He eventually left to teach physics at Princeton University from 1957 to 1977. In 1978 he was appointed President of Caltech, where he served for the next decade. He later returned to Princeton to serve as the director of the Institute for Advanced Study from 1987 to 1991.
    Goldberger joined the University of California system in 1991, first as a professor of physics at UCLA then joining UC San Diego in 1993 as a professor of physics, as Dean of the university's Division of Natural Sciences until 1999, then as professor emeritus until his death in 2014.
    In addition to his long and illustrious teaching career, Goldberger was a co-founder of JASON, an elite group of scientists who worked for the Department of Defense and other agencies of government concerned with nuclear arms control efforts. He served as the chairman of JASON from 1960 through 1966.
    Goldberger also served as an adviser to various presidents. During the late 1960s he was chairman of the Strategic Military Committee of the President's Science Advisory Committee (PSAC). He served as a member of the United States-People's Republic of China Joint Commission on Scientific and Technological Cooperation and was the chairman of the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on International Security and Arms Control. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was chairman of the Federation of American Scientists.
    Goldberger passed away on November 26, 2014.

    Preferred Citation

    Marvin L. Goldberger Papers. MSS 793. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 2017

    OFF-SITE STORAGE

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. ALLOW ONE WEEK FOR RETRIEVAL OF MATERIALS.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers of Marvin Leonard "Murph" Goldberger, a particle physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project, the fifth president of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and a founding member and chairman of the JASON group of scientists. Goldberger served on the faculty of UC San Diego from 1993 until his death in 2014. Most of the collection consists of Goldberger's notebooks and lecture notes relating to particle physics, quantum mechanics and other courses he taught at the University of Chicago, Princeton University and UC San Diego. Also included is a small selection of materials relating to Goldberger's involvement with the JASON group of scientists, and articles and op-ed columns by his wife, Mildred Goldberger.
    Arranged in six series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL, 2) CORRESPONDENCE, 3) WRITINGS BY GOLDBERGER, 4) JASON MATERIALS, 5) NOTEBOOKS AND LECTURE NOTES, and 6) MILDRED GOLDBERGER WRITINGS.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Physicists -- United States
    Particles (Nuclear physics) -- Research
    Quantum theory
    Physics -- Study and teaching
    Goldberger , Marvin L. -- Archives
    Goldberger , Mildred, 1923-2006
    JASON Defense Advisory Group