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Finding Aid to the George C. Jaffé Papers, 1902-1962
BANC MSS 76/210 z  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: George C. Jaffé Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1902-1962
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 76/210 z
    Creator: Jaffé, George C.
    Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes Linear feet: 1
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Letters, mainly from fellow European physicists, many of them German, and written primarily in German; copies and/or drafts of his letters; documents and letters re professional appointments; personalia; reprints of papers; manuscript of Probability of Physics; material relating to his paper on Ludwig Boltzmann; notes, manuscripts of unpublished papers, etc.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in German

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], George C. Jaffé Papers, BANC MSS 76/210 z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical Sketch

    George Cecil Jaffé was born in Moscow on January 16, 1880. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Leipzig in 1903, having studied under Ludwig Boltzmann. In 1903-1904 he worked in the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge, England, under J. J. Thomson, and in 1904-1905 and again in 1911-1912 he did research in the laboratory of the Curies in Paris. Resuming his work after the war, he taught first at the University of Leipzig and was then given the chair for theoretical physics at Giessen in 1926. Having been deprived of his position by the Nazi anti-semitic decrees in 1933, Jaffé was without employment until he emigrated to the United States in 1939. He taught at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, until his retirement in 1950, when he moved to Berkeley, California. He died in 1965.
    Jaffé specialized in theoretical physics, but was also interested in the experimental conductivity of liquid and solid dielectrics and in the philosophy of science. He wrote two books, Handbuch der Experimental-Physik,vol. 19 (1928), and Zwei Dialoge über Raum und Zeit (1931), and many papers.

    Scope and Content

    The Papers in this collection were donated by Professor Jaffé's son, John L. Jaffé, to The Bancroft Library in 1976. Housed in two boxes, the collection includes letters to Jaffé, largely from prominent European physicists, covering the years 1902-1962; copies of letters by Jaffé; miscellaneous personal documents; reprints of his papers; and materials relating to his papers on Boltzmann and on probability in physics. Portraits of Jaffé have been removed to the Library's photographic collection.
    The Key to Arrangement which follows describes the collection in greater detail.