Elsasser, Walter M., 1904-

Alternative names
Birth 1904-03-20
Death 1991-10-14
English, German, French

Biographical notes:

Elsasser died in 1991.

From the description of Response to History of Geophysics Survey 1988. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80710094

Died 1991.

From the description of Oral history interview with Walter M. Elsasser, 1985 November 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82626096

From the description of Oral history interview with Walter M. Elsasser, 1962 May 29. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 81330511

From the description of Oral history interview with Walter M. Elsasser, 1986 March 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79021365

Biographical Note: Elsasser was trained in nuclear physics and spent most of his career doing research and teaching in geophysics before turning to theoretical biology.

He was born in Mannheim and received his Ph. D. in 1927 from Goettingen where he studied quantum mechanics under Max Born. He taught several years in Berlin, Frankfort and Paris before emigrating to the United States in 1936. He taught at the California Institute of Technology (1936-41), the University of Pennsylvania (1947-50), the University of Utah (1950-56), Scripps Institute of Oceanography and the University of California, La Jolla (1956-62), Princeton University (1962-67), the University of Maryland (1967-74), and the Johns Hopkins University(1974- ).

From the description of Walter Maurice Elsasser papers, 1927-1987. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 48369121


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