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Martin J. Klein papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1866

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of teaching files in physics and history of science and medicine from Klein's years at Yale University; earlier teaching files are from Case Institute of Technology. Also included is documentation on the symposium to celebrate the sesquecentennial of J. Willard Gibbs's birth in May 1989. Correspondence, taped lectures given by Klein, and an oral history interview of Madeleine Michelson Mueller are also included in the papers.

Dates

  • 1951-2004

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy of non-commercially produced items for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Martin J. Klein has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact mssa.assist@yale.edu.

Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Martin J. Klein, 2005. Gift of the American Institute of Physics, 2007.

Extent

8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1866

Overview

The papers consist of teaching files in physics and history of science and medicine from Klein's years at Yale University; earlier teaching files are from Case Institute of Technology. Also included is documentation on the symposium to celebrate the sesquecentennial of J. Willard Gibbs's birth in May 1989. Correspondence, taped lectures given by Klein, and an oral history interview of Madeleine Michelson Mueller are also included in the papers.

Biographical / Historical

Martin J. Klein was born on June 25, 1924, in New York City. He received his A.B. in 1942 and A.M. in 1944 from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948. He was a member of the Operations Research Group for the U. S. Navy from 1945 to 1946. Klein returned to MIT in 1946 as a research associate in physics. From 1949 to 1967 he held various academic appointments in physics at Case Institute of Technology. He joined Yale in 1967 as professor of the history of physics and chaired the Department of History of Science and Medicine from 1971 to 1974. In 1974 he was named Eugene Higgins Professor of History of Physics and Professor of Physics. In 1991 he was named Bass Professor of the History of Science and Professor of Physics. He retired from Yale in 1999. Klein published on the history of physics and biographies of prominent physicists including Albert Einstein, Paul Ehrenfest, and J. Willard Gibbs. In 2005 Klein received the American Physical Society/American Institute of Physics's Abraham Pais Prize for the History of Physics for his research in nineteenth- and twentieth-century physics.
Title
Guide to the Martin J. Klein Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by William Massa
Date
September 2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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