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The Papers of Cornelis A. G. Wiersma, 1921-1979
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: The Papers of Cornelis A. G. Wiersma, 1921-1979
    Dates: 1921-1979
    Collection Number: 10033-MS
    Extent: 3 linear feet
    Repository: California Institute of Technology
    Pasadena, California 91125
    Abstract: The professional correspondence relating to neurophysiology (principally between 1950-1970) and organizational work, professional associations & publishing material, photographs, reprints, and research notes form the collection known as the Cornelis Wiersma in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is open for research. Researchers must apply in writing for access.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    The Papers of Cornelis A. G. Wiersma, 1921-1979. California Institute of Technology

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was a gift of Mrs. Wiersma; of the Division of Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy; of W.A.J. Luxemburg and of Peter J. Mills.

    Biography/Administrative History

    Born and educated in the Netherlands, Wiersma came to the Biology Department at the California Institute of Technology in 1934 at the invitation of Thomas Hunt Morgan. He represented the field of comparative physiology and his scientific career focused first on the neuromuscular system, then the central nervous system and finally on the visual system. From 1943 to 1950, he studied the myography and treatment of poliomyelitis and the treatment of schizophrenia with electronarcosis while on the attending staff of the L. A. County General Hospital. Wiersma was also a member of the Los Angeles County Smog Control Commission, which studied the effects of pollution on humans in the Los Angeles area. In 1976, he was honored by a symposium given by his former coworkers when he retired after forty-five years, and was given the title Professor Emeritus. Wiersma maintained an active interest in his research until he died. Wiersma was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physiological Society, the Society for Neuroscience and Sigma Xi. He was a correspondent of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and a foreign associate of the National Academy of Science.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of the collection is professional correspondence, including items in Dutch and German, relating mainly to his work in neurophysiology, principally between 1950 to 1970. other correspondence is concerned with meetings, professional associations and publishing. A small part of the collection is devoted to areas of research and research programs.

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