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Owen Willans Richardson album of Nobel Prize in Physics awardee correspondence and autographs

Scope and Contents

Album of collected correspondence and autographs between Owen Willans Richardson and other recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics.


  • 1904-1938 (inclusive)


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0.55 cubic feet (1 flat file box)

Biographical Note

Owen Willans Richardson (1879-1959) was born in Dewsbury, United Kingdom on 26 April 1879. Richardson became known as a physicist for his work on thermionic emission. Thermionic emission is a process in which heated metal, under certain conditions, emits electrons that can be used as electrical current or electrical energy. Richardson's work on thermionic emission resulted in Richardson's Law, which describes the behavior of electrons in metal and can be expressed in a mathematical equation. He received a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1929 for this research. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge before going on to teach at Princeton University and King's College at the University of London. He was knighted in 1939. In 1906 he married Lilian Maud Wilson, having two sons and one daughter. After Maud Wilson's death in 1945, he married physicist Henriette Rupp in 1948.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition of the collection is unknown. Accession information can be found below.

  1. Accession Number 2023-011.

Processing Information

Processed by Marco Lanier in October 2022. Collection was processed according to Level 1 protocol.

Richardson, O. W. (Owen Willans), 1879-1959. Album of Nobel Prize in Physics awardee correspondence and autographs, 1904-1938 (inclusive): Finding Aid.
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