Papers of James Arnold, chemist, professor, and scholar. The collection documents Arnold's professional career, especially
his work on Carbon-14 dating, gamma rays, the Apollo 11, 12, 15, and 16 missions, lunar sample research, meteorites, solar,
and lunar history. The collection is also rich in materials related to NASA and the early history of UCSD. The collection
includes grant proposals, materials related to research projects such as data, discussion of experiments and results, meeting
minutes from both science and UCSD committees, and audiorecordings. The accession processed in 2000 spans the period 1955-1998
and includes awards and commendations, writings and talks, newspaper clippings, NASA publications, and photographs. The prints,
slides and a film reel show Arnold and his colleagues and students, laboratories, equipment, testing, and cosmic and planetary
features, many related to NASA's space exploration missions. The accession processed in 2011 spans the period 1950-2001 and
includes correspondence, teaching materials, writings and research.
James Richard Arnold (1923-2012), professor and chemist, received his bachelor degree, masters, and Ph.D degrees at Princeton
University in 1943, 1945 and 1946 respectively. While doing graduate work, Arnold was associated with the Manhattan Project
for the years 1943-1945. After completing his Ph.D., he joined the newly formed Institute for Nuclear Studies at the University
of Chicago as a postdoctoral fellow, and in 1947, he went to Harvard University as a National Research Fellow.