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Finding Aid to the Otto Stern papers, circa 1888-1969
BANC MSS 85/96 c  
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    Collection Title: Otto Stern papers
    Date (inclusive): circa 1888-1969
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 85/96 c
    Correspondent: Stern, Otto, 1888-1969. Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955. Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962. Segrè, Emilio.
    Extent: 5 cartons, 1 volume, 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder (circa 6 linear feet) 298 digital objects (12589 images)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library.
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, German

    Information for Researchers

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research.
    COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Otto Stern papers, BANC MSS 85/96 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

    Cartons 1-4: also available on microfilm with call number BANC FILM 3429.

    Removed or Separated Material

    Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1988.070--PIC).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962 -- Correspondence.
    Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962.
    Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955 -- Correspondence.
    Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
    Physicists -- Correspondence.
    Physics -- Research.
    Quantum theory.
    Segrè, Emilio -- Correspondence.
    Segrè, Emilio.
    Stern, Otto, 1888-1969 -- Archives.
    Stern, Otto, 1888-1969 -- Correspondence.
    Stern, Otto, 1888-1969.
    Records and correspondence.

    Administrative Information

    Gift; 1985.
    Additions: Gift; Templeton Killen, Diana & Alan Templeton; 2010.
    One addition in 2010.
    No further additions are expected.

    Biography/Organization History

    Otto Stern was born in Germany, on February 17, 1888. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Breslau in 1912. In 1930 he was awarded an LL.D. by the University of California. In 1933 he moved to the United States where he was appointed a Research Professor of Physics at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh where he remained until 1945. His work was in the field of theoretical experimental physics, especially statistical thermodynamics and quantum theory, on which he has published important papers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1943 "for his contribution to the development of the molecular ray method and his discovery of the magnetic moment of the proton." He was also one of several Nobel winning physicists who helped construct the first atomic bomb. Stern died in 1969.

    Scope and Content Note

    Includes correspondence, notes, and manuscripts of German émigré physicist Otto Stern whose work encompassed both theoretical and experimental physics in Germany and the United States. Photos and awards are included. Correspondents include Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, and other prominent physicists.
    Carton 1: Correspondence "A-L"; Carton 2: Correspondence "L-Z," miscellaneous publications, manuscripts, and notes (arranged alphabetically by topic, "D-E"); Carton 3: Notes "E-O"; Carton 4: Notes "S-Z", notebooks, and personalia; Carton 5: Reprints; Volume 1: Nobel Prize scrapbook; Oversize box 1: Diplomas, awards, and honors; Oversize folder 1: Miscellaneous newspaper clippings and memorabilia.