Carl Eckart Papers

Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
Copyright 2016
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175

Descriptive Summary

Languages: English
Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla 92093-0175
Title: Carl Eckart Papers
Creator: Eckart, Carl
Identifier/Call Number: SMC 0022
Physical Description: 1.85 Linear feet (5 archives boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1941-1973
Abstract: A small collection of the correspondence and professional papers of the physicist, physical oceanographer and geophysicist Carl Eckart.

Related Materials

The bulk of Carl Eckart's papers are available at the Library of Congress (MSS 65557).
For additional material at UC San Diego related to Eckart, see the SIO Biographical Files (SAC 5) and the SIO Office of Director Records (SAC 2) at Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library.

Scope and Content of Collection

A small collection of the correspondence and professional papers of the physicist, physical oceanographer and geophysicist Carl Eckart, including subject files, notebooks, writings and reports. There are also a few files of teaching materials, photographs and slides.

Preferred Citation

Carl Eckart Papers. SMC 22. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.




Carl Henry Eckart (1902-1973) received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Washington University and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton in 1925. He joined the University of Chicago as an assistant professor of physics in 1928 and remained on the faculty until 1946, where he made substantial contributions to quantum physics and developed the Wigner-Eckart theorem.
Eckart came to San Diego in 1942 to join the University of California Division of War Research (UCDWR), where he worked on problems of underwater sound relevant to submarine warfare as assistant director and director of the program. In 1946, Eckart became a professor of geophysics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego, a position he held until 1971. He was also appointed the first director of the newly founded Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) in 1946 (MPL became part of SIO in 1948). Eckart served a short term as the fourth director of Scripps until 1952, and went on to serve in a variety of important administrative positions at UC San Diego, including a term as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1965-67.

Acquisition Information

Acquired 1982, 1990.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Oceanography -- Research
Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Marine Physical Laboratory
Eckart, Carl -- Archives



Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence 1954, 1967-1972

Box 1, Folder 2

Office calendar 1963



Box 1, Folder 3-10

Our Modern Idol, Mathematical Science - Notebooks 2, 6-7 ca. 1972-1973

Box 2, Folder 1

Data notebook 1952 June

Box 2, Folder 2

Statistical mechanics of the sea surface 1952

Box 2, Folder 3

Scattering of sound and Inhomog engines 1953

Box 2, Folder 4

Streaming and similar things 1954

Box 2, Folder 5

Free oscillations of a stratified fluid 1955 February

Box 2, Folder 6

Thermodynamics of mixtures 1956

Box 2, Folder 7

Polar coordinates undated

Box 2, Folder 8

Chain reactor notes 1941-1956

Box 2, Folder 9

Notecards 1948

Box 2, Folder 10

Notes from F. Brooks' report 1948

Box 2, Folder 11

Seminar notes - On the Mutual Adjustment of the Velocity and Pressure Fields in the Ocean Under the Influence of a Fluctuating Wind Stress 1949 August

Box 2, Folder 12

Lecture notes - Steady Flow of a Heavy Inviscid Fluid of Constant Density 1958 February

Box 2, Folder 13

Spin coupling notes 1968

Box 2, Folder 14

Science 2A course notes at UC San Diego 1967

Box 3, Folder 1

Statistical hydrodynamics 1954-1989

Box 3, Folder 2

Hydrodynamics 1958-1960

Box 3, Folder 3

Variation Principle of Hydrodynamics report undated

Box 3, Folder 4

Physical ocean data - Papers and correspondence 1968

Box 3, Folder 5

Convair project - Papers on Ocean Data Station BRAVO 1968

Box 3, Folder 6

Stratton Commission report draft 1969

Box 3, Folder 7

Draft, The Theory of Steady Turbulence 1953

Box 3, Folder 8

Notes on kinetics of turbulence and random flow 1953-1967

Box 3, Folder 9

Notes and data on thermodynamics 1949-1956

Box 3, Folder 10-11

Sea water - Notes, data, and summaries 1956-1966

Box 4, Folder 1-3

Sea water - Notes, data, and summaries 1956-1966

Box 4, Folder 4

Photographs and correspondence on wind patterns 1969-1970

Box 4, Folder 5

Seminar on wave theory 1946

Box 4, Folder 6

Symposia - Gravity Waves and Ultra Sonic Absorption of Fluids 1951-1952

Box 4, Folder 7

Wave photographs and monthly Bomex tests 1949, 1969

Box 4, Folder 8

Notes on low frequency waves in water 1950 May

Box 4, Folder 9

Office of Naval Research, London. Gravity Waves and Finite Amplitude technical report 1950

Box 4, Folder 11

Color slides of Ewing ripples in waves undated

Box 4, Folder 10

Charts, graphs and data undated

Box 4, Folder 12

Acoustics 1951, 1970

Box 4, Folder 13

Some theoretical Studies of the Propagation of Sound in Shallow Water, by Glen Camp and Carl Eckart (UCDWR No. U102) 1943 August 15

Box 5, Folder 1

General Dynamics oceanographic sensor 1968

Box 5, Folder 2

Photographs of tempered glass 1949

Box 5, Folder 3

Glass lantern slides of Eckart-Gleason undated

Box 5, Folder 4

Glass lantern slides of shockwaves and phase boundaries undated