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Bruce H. Mahan correspondence and manuscripts, 1960-1977.
BANC MSS 87/110 c carton 1; BANC MSS 87/110 c carton 2; BANC MSS 87/110 c
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Bruce H. Mahan correspondence and manuscripts, 1960-1977


Mahan, Bruce H., creator


Collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence with colleagues in the field of chemistry dating from 1960 to 1977. Correspondence files are arranged chronologically by year. A small amount of correspondence is filed alphabetically by correspondent. Also included are drafts and typescript manuscripts of Mahan's publications, including a chemistry textbook and a book on thermodynamics.


1960 (issued)


Mahan, Bruce H -- Archives
Mahan, Bruce H -- Correspondence
University of California, Berkeley. -- Department of Chemistry.
Chemistry -- Textbooks
Chemistry, Physical and theoretical


Included in: History of Science and Technology Collection.
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.
Bruce H. Mahan correspondence and manuscripts, BANC MSS 87/110 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Yuang T. Lee; 1987.
Bruce Mahan (1930-1982) was born in Connecticut and attended Harvard University as an undergraduate and as a doctoral student. His studies of physical chemistry with George Kistiakowsky, the noted Ukranian-American chemist and Harvard professor, launched a lifelong research interest in gas phase reaction kinetics. Mahan came to the University of California, Berkeley in 1956 and within a few years established a new freshman chemistry course, which remains the basis of many beginning chemistry courses in the United States. In 1965, Mahan wrote a textbook entitled University Chemistry for this course. The textbook sold over 500,000 copies, was translated into eight languages, and became a model upon which many subsequent freshman chemistry textbooks were based. Mahan served as chair of the chemistry department at UC Berkeley from 1968 to 1971. His research interests focused primarily on molecular collisional processes. He was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1976.
In English.


Manuscripts for publication.
Faculty papers.

Physical Description:

2 cartons (2.5 linear feet)




BANC MSS 87/110 c carton 1
BANC MSS 87/110 c carton 2
BANC MSS 87/110 c



Copyright Note:

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for use.