Papers of Edwin Crawford Kemble, 1913-1983
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Biography of Edwin Crawford Kemble
Kemble earned an S.B. from the Case School of Applied Science in 1911 and his A.M and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard in 1914 and 1917, respectively. His dissertation on quantum theory was the first American doctoral thesis on theoretical physics.
In 1919 he returned to Harvard as an Instructor. He introduced the first course on quantum theory to the Harvard physics curriculum. He became a Professor in 1930 and chaired the Department of Physics from 1940-1945. During this period, he was also director of physics instruction at Harvard for Army and Navy officer training programs and helped design torpedo propellers. In 1950 he published Introduction to Physical Science, a volume written for his Natural Sciences 2 course. By the time he retired from the department in 1957, his teaching had encompassed quantum theory, thermodynamics, analytical mechanics, statistical mechanics, optics, electricity and magnetism, x-rays and crystal structure, and atomic physics. From 1957 to 1960, he directed Harvard's institute for training high school science and math teachers.
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- Alsos Mission (U.S.)
- Harvard University. Department of Physics -- Faculty.
- Lecture notes.
- Physicists -- Archives.
- Physics -- Research.
- Physics -- Study and teaching.
- Quantum theory -- Study and teaching.
- Religion and science.
- United States. War Dept. Alsos Mission.
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Research.
- Kemble, Edwin C. (Edwin Crawford), 1889- Papers of Edwin Crawford Kemble : an inventory
- Harvard University Archives
- Published in 2000
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- Finding aid written in English.
- This finding aid has been encoded by the Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics as part of a collaborative project supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities, an independent federal agency. Collaboration members in 1999 consisted of: American Institute of Physics, California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Alaska, University of Illinois, and University of Texas.
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