Ernest Donald Klema response to 1981 History of Nuclear Physics Survey, circa 1983

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Abstract/Description: Twenty eight-page handwritten response to the questionnaire, in which Klema describes his Master's thesis work under Henry H. Barschall at Princeton University; his undergraduate education; his work at Los Alamos separating U235 and U238 during World War II with Robert R. Wilson, Victor Weisskopf, Richard Feynman, and others and in the Van de Graaff group (this is discussed in some detail); continued graduate work at Rice University after the war; post-doctoral work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the Atomic Energy Commission (also discussed in some detail); his move to the University of Michigan as a faculty member; his further move to Northwestern University where he also did work for Argonne National Laboratory; incorporation of a company he founded (Nuclear Diodes, Inc.); his move to Tufts University to become dean of engineering; and funding for his projects. File also includes a three-page curriculum vitae, four-page publication list through 1983, and a two-page summary of Klema's scientific and administrative work. Recipients were asked to discuss their entry into a scientific career in general and nuclear physics in particular, their work during the Second World War, their scientific achievements, the funding of their projects, the roles of related sciences--especially high energy physics--in their research, their work as educators, their perceptions of the public's attitude towards science, and their involvement in physics-related organizations.
Subject(s): Barschall, H. H. (Henry Herman), 1915-1997
Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988
Klema, Ernest D
Van de Graaff, Robert Jemison, 1901-1967 -- Friends and associates
Wilson, Robert R, 1914-2000
Argonne National Laboratory -- Research
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- Graduate work
Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) -- Research
Princeton University -- Research
Rice University -- Graduate work
Tufts University -- Faculty
University of Michigan -- Faculty
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
Engineering -- Research -- Finance
Engineering -- Study and teaching -- Administration
Isotope separation
Nuclear physics -- Research
Physicists -- Biography
Uranium -- Isotopes -- Separation
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work
Nuclear physicists
Date Issued: 1983