2.5 cubic feet (6 document cases, 1 bound volume)
Colllection is open for scholarly research.
Processed by Ruth Sternfeld, August 1980.
Former Classification: I 450 B456
The papers of Theodore H. Berlin were deposited with the Rockefeller University Archives on July 1980 by Mrs. Patricia Berlin.
At his death a good deal of his correspondence and some notes were sent by Dr. Uhlenbeck (at the wish of Mrs. Berlin) to Kasimir Fajans to be handled with the Fajans papers in the Michigan Historical Collection, Rackham Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan. A smaller group was sent to H. A. Gersch, Georgia Institute of Technology (see Box 1, Folder 2).
Theodore H. Berlin (1917-1962), a theoretical physicist who came to The Rockefeller University in 1962 and died suddenly in 1962. He joined the Rockefeller University Faculty with Mark Kac and George Uhlenbeck to develop a department of theoretical physics. In the short time that Dr. Berlin was at the University he so endeared himself to his colleagues that a Memorial Garden on campus was developed in his memory.
During World War II, while still a graduate student, Dr. Berlin worked on the development of the proximity fuse. His academic work was concerned with the electronic structure of molecules, and his thesis was on the quantization and electric interaction in diatonic molecules. Finally his work turned toward theoretical physics.
Married Patricia May Cleary, 1944 Children: Geoffrey N., Dennis A., Michael K., Alexander L.
Member of: American Physical Society (Fellow) Sigma Xi Phi Beta Kappa
Editor: Journal of Chemical Physics Physical Review Physical Review Letters
Biographical material, correspondence, manuscripts, notes and notebooks, reprints, and photographs. Includes administrative correspondence with Brookhaven National Laboratory (1949-1962) and Johns Hopkins University (1952-1962). Correspondents include Kasimir Fajans, Sam Goudsmit, Mark Kac, S. Katsura, Lawrence Kubie, G. Uhlenbeck, and C. N. Yang.
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