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

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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


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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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