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Qian (Xuesen) Papers
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Throughout the collection, and other collections in the Caltech Archives, Qian Xuesen is referred to as H.S. Tsien or Tsien. The Qian papers contain administrative files, correspondence, and research performed during Qian's time at Caltech.
Qian Xuesen (Tsien Hsue-shen) arrived at Caltech in 1936 as a grad student of Theodore von Kármán, earning his PhD in 1939 in aeronautics. With Frank Malina, he was involved with the Suicide Squad, whose research secured military funding to establish the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He was hired at Caltech as the Robert H. Goddard Professor of Jet Propulsion in 1949. After accusations of communist party affiliation, which resulted in house arrest and losing his U.S. government security clearance, he left the United States for China in 1955.
1.5 linear feet 3 boxes
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The collection is open for research. Please contact the Archives to view the collection in the Archives reading room. The collection has not been digitized.