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Reines (Frederick) papers
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This collection documents Frederick Reines' career in nuclear physics and astrophysics as both a scientist and an academic, as well as aspects of his personal life. Material ranges from the early period of his career as a graduate student, through his early professional endeavors in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos, to his later work as an experimentalist and academic at Case Institute of Technology and the University of California, Irvine (UCI). The collection documents his major scientific interests in the detection of the neutrino and the investigation of its properties, the detection of neutrinos from cosmic events such as a 1987 supernova, and the investigation of fundamental conservation laws of particle physics. Significant projects represented in the papers include neutrino experiments at Hanford and Savannah River, and the collaborations of Case-Witswatersrand-Irvine (CWI), Irvine-Michigan-Brookhaven (IMB), and the Deep Underwater Muon and Neutrino Detector (DUMAND). Other materials document Reines' professional and administrative positions at Case Institute of Technology and UCI, as well as his lifetime association with Los Alamos National Laboratory as a researcher, consultant, and member of the University of California committee charged with oversight of the laboratory.
Frederick Reines was a particle physicist and educator internationally recognized for his verification of the existence of the neutrino and investigation of its properties. He was born March 16, 1918 in Paterson, New Jersey. Reines attended Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, where he completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1939, and then went on to complete a Master's Degree in Mathematical Physics two years later. He continued his graduate studies in Physics at New York University, receiving his doctorate in 1944. His dissertation was entitled The Liquid Drop Model for Nuclear Fission.
116 Linear Feet (179 boxes, 18 oversized folders) and 3.5 unprocessed linear feet
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The collection is open for research. Access to files containing information on University of California personnel matters is restricted for 50 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Access to student record material is restricted for 75 years from the latest date of the materials in those files. Restrictions are noted at the file level. Access to original audio and video cassettes is restricted; copies are made for researcher use. Access to original glass slides is restricted. Unprocessed additions may contain restricted materials. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access.