Scope and Content
Title: James Langer papers
Identifier/Call Number: UArch FacP 69
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Language of Material:
12.92 linear feet
(10 cartons, 2 document boxes, 2 half document boxes, and 1 flat box)
Langer, James S.
Date (inclusive): 1955-2015
Date (bulk): 1970-1990
Abstract: Papers of James Langer, American professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara. These papers include
research files and publications, correspondence, clippings, handwritten lecture notes and calculations, and photographs from
his academic career as a graduate student while earning his PhD at the University of Birmingham, England, to his professional
career as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon Institute, and as Director of the Institute for Theoretical Physics from 1985
to 1995. Materials also cover his time as President of the American Physical Society in 2000 and Vice President of the National
Academy of Sciences from 2001-2005.
Language of Material: This collection is predominately in English, with some French and Russian.
Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
This collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Research Collections. Permission for publication
is given on behalf of the Department of Special Research Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
[Identification of Item], James Langer papers, UArch FacP 69. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara
Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Donated by James Langer, 2018.
"James S. Langer is Professor of Physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
in 1934, Langer graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1951. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology and the
University of Birmingham, earning a B.A. in physics from the former in 1955 and a Ph.D. in mathematical physics from the latter
in 1958. A Marshall Scholar at Birmingham, his thesis advisor was Rudolf Peierls. After receiving his doctorate, he began
his career in the Physics Department at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (which later became Carnegie Mellon University),
where he would stay until 1982. He then joined UCSB's Institute for Theoretical Physics as professor. Between 1989 and 1995,
he served as its director. According to his profile at UCSB, Langer's research focuses on theories of nonequilibrium phenomena,
including the kinetics of phase transitions, pattern formation in crystal growth, the dynamics of earthquakes, and deformation
and failure in noncrystalline solids. Langer served as President of the American Physical Society in 2000 and as Vice President
of the United States National Academy of Sciences from 2001 to 2005. His awards include the APS's Oliver Buckley Prize in
1997." Wikipedia. 2019. "James S. Langer" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_S._Langer. Accessed on 11 December 2019.
Scope and Content
This collection contains files generated by James Langer throughout his academic career as a graduate student to his professional
career as a physicist, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1970-1990. Materials include correspondence, research drafts
and publications and office files related to Langer's academic research. In addition, the collection includes Langer's academic
lecture notes and class curriculum, photographs, and newspaper clippings on his academic and professional achievements.
The collection has been organized into the following series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Research, 3. Professional Involvement,
4. Lecture and Teaching Notes, 5. Publicity.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Langer, James S. -- Archives
University of California, Santa Barbara. Department of Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara. Faculty