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  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: A. Theodore Forrester papers
    Creator: Forrester, A. Theodore
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1978
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1985-1987
    Abstract: Theodore Forrester was a renowned physicist, engineer and inventor, famous for his research in ionization, quantum optics, and satellite acceleration. The collection contains research, drafts, publications, and publisher's correspondence concerning Forrester's work on ionization.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], A. Theodore Forrester Papers (Collection 1978). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Terry Crow, 16 July 1997.

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    Processed by Benjamin Formaker-Olivas and Lilace Hatayama, August 2012.
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    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9971738373606533 


    Theodore Forrester (1918-1987) was a renowned physicist, engineer and inventor, famous for his research in ionization, quantum optics, and satellite acceleration. Forrester received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1942. He then worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of California Radiation Lab in Berkeley. He worked in the private sector (including RCA Laboratories, Westinghouse Research Labs, and International and Rocketdyne Divisions of North America) and academic institutions, including USC, the University of Pittsburgh, and UC Irvine. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1967. At UCLA he was a member of both the Physics Department and the Electrical Engineering Department, working on the physics of ionized gases (plasmas), specializing in plasma sheaths and plasma sources. His last work, Large Ion Beams: Fundamentals of Generation and Propagation, was finished weeks before his death in 1987 and published the same year.
    Forrester was a popular teacher of physics, electromagnetics, and plasma physics and an active member of the Academic Senate and the Academic Freedom and Faculty Welfare Committees. He was a political activist as well, speaking out against the Vietnam War, nuclear proliferation, U.S. intervention in Central America and the Strategic Defense Initiative.
    Extracted from In Memoriam, University of California Academic Senate.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials related to the career of A. Theodore Forrester and his work on ionization. Included are research, drafts, publications, publisher's correspondence, mostly related to his book Large Ion Beams.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Publications on ionization. 2. Publications on ionization by A. Theodore Forrester. 3. Articles on the analysis of ionization. 4. Resonance, Radiation, Excitation, Ionization by A. Theodore Forrester. 5. Surface ionization reprints 6. Draft of Large Ion Beams 7. Letter to A. Theodore Forrester from Harold R. Kaufman concerning Soviet Union thruster research. 8. Notes concerning ionization. 9. Book correspondence and publication information. 10. Unsorted notes. 11. Index to notebooks and unsorted references. 12. Correspondence with publishers. 13. Outline, introduction, and notes for A Broad Uniform Unidirectional Ion Source by A. Theodore Forrester and J. T. Crow, N. A. Massie and D. Scott Goebel. 14. Large Ion Beams.