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Shockley (William) and Eugenics Collection
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Eugenics papers Accession ARCH-2000-263 1966-1976

Creator: Karkau, Isabel Steiner

Biographical / Historical

Isabel Steiner Karkau was an engineering student at Stanford University in the 1930s. William Shockley was professor of engineering at Stanford (1958-1975) and co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, 1956.
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Papers, remarks by Schockley 1970-1973

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Shockley reprints 1967-1973

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Phi Delta Kappan 1972

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SWOPSI matter 1972 May 12

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National Academy of Sciences 1972

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Committee on Undergraduate Studies review of SWOPSI matter 1973

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Biographical material 1972-1973

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Eugenics papers Acccesion ARCH-2007-074 1965-1970

Creator: Spicer, William E., collector.

Biographical / Historical

William E. Spicer was a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, 1962-1992.

Scope and Contents

This collection of miscellaneous materials, originally part of William Spicer's files, pertains to William Shockley's interest in eugenics and heredity. The collection includes two papers by Shockley, "Possible Transfer of Metallurgical and Astronomical Approaches to the Problem of Environment versus Ethnic Heredity," 1966, and "City Slums and Research Taboos - A National Sickness Diagnosed," 1967; Shockley's letter to Spicer regarding the U.S. News and World Report interview with Shockley, 1965 (copy attached); form letter by Shockley in response to his 1965 talk on "Population Control and Eugenics" with 17 enclosures (articles, press releases, and other correspondence, including George W. Beadle); and form letter by Shockley requesting feedback on his drafted response to criticisms from faculty in the Genetics Department of S. U. School of Medicine, 1966.
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Shockley, William, "City slums and research taboos" 1967 Jan 11

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Shockley, William, "Possible transfer of metallurgical and astronomical approaches to the problem of environment versus ethnic heredity" 1966 Oct 15

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Shockley, William, letter to Spicer 1965 Nov 16

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Shockley, William, form letter and enclosures 1966 Sep 6

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Shockley, William, form letter re: comments from genetics faculty 1966 Apr 14

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Shockley, William, correspondence re: lab security 1970 Jul 15


Eugenics papers Accession ARCH-2013-060 1966-1978

Creator: Saunders, John Bertrand deCusance Morant

Biographical/Historical note

Son of a British surgeon, J.B.deC.M. Saunders was born in Grahamstown, South Africa in 1903, and educated there. He took his M.B., Ch.B at the University of Edinburgh in 1925, becoming FRCS, Edinburgh in 1930. Dr. Saunders came to UCSF in 1931 as Asst. Professor of Anatomy, becoming Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Anatomy in 1938, a post he held until 1956. He has also served the campus as Dean, School of Medicine (1956-63), Chair, Dept. of Medical History and Bibliography (1937-73), and University Librarian (1943-1973). In 1959 Dr. Saunders was inaugurated as the first Provost of the UCSF campus, was named the first Chancellor of UCSF in 1964, and served in that position until 1966. In that year he was named to the Regents Chair of Medical History, in the Department of the History of Health Sciences.
Dr. Saunders has carried out research in several areas, including medical history (works on Vesalius and ancient medicine) and the structure and development of bones, the physiology of the muscles and the mechanics of walking. He was a member of numerous professional and honorary societies, among them the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Association of Anatomists, and the American and British Medical Associations.
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