Typescript of "A Physicist of the Lucky Generation," by John C. Slater
MC.0189

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator
Slater, John Clarke, 1900-1976
Title
Typescript of "A Physicist of the Lucky Generation," by John C. Slater
ID
MC.0189
Date
circa 1975
Extent
0.3 cubic feet (1 manuscript box)
Location
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Language
English
Mixed materials [Box]
1

Citation

Typescript of "A Physicist of the Lucky Generation," by John C. Slater, MC 189, box X. Massachusetts Institute of Technology Institute Archives and Special Collections.

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Biography

John Clarke Slater, 1900-1976, AB 1920, University of Rochester; AM 1922, PhD 1923, Harvard University, taught physics at Harvard from 1924 to 1930. In 1930 Slater came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as head of the Department of Physics at the invitation of Karl Compton soon after the latter assumed the presidency of MIT in 1930. Working with President Compton, Professor Slater played a prominent part in expanding and strengthening science curriculum and research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1951 Slater was named Institute Professor, the first faculty member to hold that title. In 1966 he retired as Institute Professor emeritus and continued to be active professionally at both MIT and the University of Florida.

From 1940 to 1945 John Slater was a staff member of the government's radar research Radiation Laboratory housed on the MIT campus, and leader of Group 43, Theoretical Group. At MIT after the war he helped in the transformation of the Radiation Laboratory into the Research Laboratory of Electronics and helped to establish the Laboratory for Nuclear Science. His research focused on atomic and solid state physics, in which he made fundamental contributions to the science underlying the transistor.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of a typescript copy of John Clarke Slater's autobiographical manuscript, "A Physicist of the Lucky Generation," a detailed account of his family history and early professional life up to 1920, and his association with Harvard and decision to take a faculty and administrative position at the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology in 1930.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections

MIT Libraries
Building 14N-118
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4307
617.253.5690
mithistory@mit.edu

Revision Description

  June 2010

Access note

The collection is open for research.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Institute Archives and Special Collections is not authorization to publish. Separate written application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by donor of collection.

Location of Originals

The original manuscript is held by the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

The John C. Slater papers are held by the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Controlled Access Headings

Function(s)

  • Institute Professor.

Personal Name(s)

  • Slater, John Clarke, 1900-1976

Subject(s)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology--Faculty.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology--History.
  • Physicists.
  • Physics--History--20th century.

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Select Bibliography

Slater, John C. "History of the M.I.T. Physics Department, 1930-1948. "

Slater, John C., and Nathaniel H. Frank. Introduction to Theoretical Physics. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1933.

Slater, John C. Microwave Transmission. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1942.

Slater, John C., and Nathaniel H. Frank. Electromagnetism. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1947.

Slater, John C. Modern Physics. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1955.

Slater, J. C. Solid-State and Molecular Theory: A Scientific Biography. New York: Wiley-Interscience, 1975.

Quantum Theory of Atoms, Molecules, and the Solid State, A Tribute to John C. Slater. Edited by Per-Olav Löwdin. New York: Academic Press, 1966.

Morse, Philip M. "John Clarke Slater, 1900-1976: A Biographical Memoir." Biographical Memoirs. National Academy of Sciences, 1982.

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