Theodore H. Berlin papers, Rockefeller University Faculty (FA008) 1944-1962

2.5 cubic feet (6 document cases, 1 bound volume)

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Colllection is open for scholarly research.

Processing Information

Processed by Ruth Sternfeld, August 1980.

File Plan

Former Classification: I 450 B456

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers of Theodore H. Berlin were deposited with the Rockefeller University Archives on July 1980 by Mrs. Patricia Berlin.

Related Archival Materials

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).

Biographical / Historical

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

Born May 8, New York City
B.S. Chemical Engineering, Cooper Union Institute of Technology
M.S., University of Michigan
Ph.D., University of Michigan (Horace H. Rackham Fellow)
Research physicist, University of Michigan
Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University
Associate Professor, Northwestern University
Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Guggenheim Fellow, Institute of Advanced Science
Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Professor, The Rockefeller University
Appointed to Board of Editors of The Physics of Fluids, starting January 1st Died November 16 and buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland

Scope and Contents

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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Biographical material

Box 1, Folder 1

Who's Who photocopy
Photograph with C.N. Yang
Memorial Garden
Employment record
Pre-employment correspondence
Detlev Bronk
Copy of letter to Sam Goudsmit
Copy of letter from Mark Kac to Sam Goudsmit
Administrative correspondence
Correspondence re: arrangements after death
Obituary Rockefeller Institute Quarterly
Correspondence about T. Berlin papers

Box 1, Folder 2

A-C, 1952-1960

Box 2, Folder 3

Albrecht, M.C.
American Physical Society
Anderson, Richard L.
Andriola, J.
Bauer, Norman
Beardon, Alan J.
Breit, Gregory
Burdell, E.S.
Burlew, John S.
Cohen, E.G.D.
Cohen, Leslie
Cole, F.T.
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, E.S. Burdell President
Coulson, C.A.
Cryder Sales

Box 1, Folder 4

D-F, 1950-1960

Box 1, Folder 5

Dieke, G.
Dresden, Max
Erpenbeck, J.J.
Falkoff, D.
Fierz, M.
Ford, George W.
Ford, Joseph

Box 1, Folder 6

Fajans, Kasimir

Box 1, Folder 7

Guggenheim Foundation, 1951-1962
G-K, 1952-1960

Box 1, Folder 8

Gelinas, R.W.
Gersch, H.
Gildart, Lee
Goddard, D.R.
Golovin, N.E.
Gordon, Lewis
Gordon Research Conference
Goudsmit, Sam
Gourary, B.S.
Greenberg, Mayo
Groot, Siep de
Gursey, Fega
Hamilton, G.
Hearon, J.Z.
Herman, R.
Holmen, R.E.
International Congress of Theoretical Physics
Ising, E.
Ingraham, R.L.
Jehle, H.
Journal of the Optical Society
Kirkwood, J.G.

Box 1, Folder 9

Johns Hopkins University Administration

Box 1, Folder 10

Johns Hopkins University

Box 1, Folder 11

Johns Hopkins University

Box 2, Folder 1

Joost, Res

Box 2, Folder 2

Kac, Mark

Box 2, Folder 3

Katsura, S.

Box 2, Folder 4

Kubie, Lawrence
L-O, 1951-1960

Box 2, Folder 5

Lax, Mel
Lenard, A.
Lidiard, Alan
Lipps, F.W.
Macek, Andrej
McGlinn, W.D.
McIlvaine, W.D.
Madansky, Leon
Markshak, R.E.
Mathematical Reviews
Mathot, V.
Mayer, Joseph E.
Menzel, D.E.
Mercier, Andre
Meselson, M.
Miller, Park H.
Minkowski, J.M.
Moe, Henry Allen
Mohling, F.
Moroi, David S.
Mountain, R.D.
Muntner, J.M.
Nall, J.
Owens, Lloyd
P-R, 1951-1957

Box 2, Folder 6

Painter, Sidney (Mrs.)
Park, David
Plano, Richard
Rasetti, Franco
Rittner, E.S.
Robertson, Harry S.
Rodberg, Leonard
Rosenblatt, Samuel
S, 1952-1960

Box 2, Folder 7

Saperstein, M.R.
Scientists' Committee for Radiation Information
Shapiro, Anatole
Shipley, E.
Siegerst, Arnold
Singswald, M.
Sternberg, S.
Stein, Clara

Box 2, Folder 8

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
T-V, 1950-1960

Box 2, Folder 9

Thomas, C.
Thomsen, John S.
Tolhoek, H.
Uhlenbeck, G.
Van Hove, L.

Box 2, Folder 10

United States Department of the Navy
W, 1948-1958

Box 2, Folder 11

Wannier, G.H.
Ward, J.
Warner, Douglas
Weiss, G.
Weng....?, Harold
Wette, F.W. de
Weland, G.W.
Witten, Louis
Woodburne, L.S.

Box 2, Folder 12

Yang, C.N.
1953, 1958

Box 2, Folder 13

Zernow, L.
Zwansig, Robert
Reprints and tyoescripts of publications and lectures

Box 2, Folder 14-15


Box 3

Assorted Notes

Box 4, Folder 1-8

Assorted Notes

Box 5

Assorted lecture notes

Box 5, Folder 1

Notes on the theory of graphs

Box 5, Folder 2

Notes on statistical mechanics

Box 5, Folder 3

Notes on quantum mechanics

Box 5, Folder 4

Notes on crystallography

Box 5, Folder 5

Notes on the Raleigh problem

Box 6, Folder 1

Notes on Feynman's Lagrangian method

Box 6, Folder 2

Notes on Fokker Planck equation

Box 6, Folder 3

Notes on statistical physics

Box 6, Folder 4

Notes on field theory

Box 6, Folder 5

Notes on low temperature

Box 6, Folder 6

Notes on Kac's "Random walk in the presence of absorbing barriers"

Box 6, Folder 7

Notes on green function treatment of Schrodiner equation

Box 6, Folder 8

Notes on the Schwinger Hamiltonian

Box 6, Folder 9

Notes on free particle absorbing wall

Box 6, Folder 10

Notes on Quantum electrodynamics Pt. I

Box 6, Folder 11

Notes on Quantum electrodynamics Pt. II

Box 6, Folder 12

Dissertation, 1944

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