Abelson, Philip Hauge, 1913-2004

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  • 1913, Apr. 27: Born, Tacoma, Wash.
  • 1935: M.S., Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.
  • 1936: Married Neva Martin (died 2000)
  • 1939: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Calif. Identified products of uranium fission
  • 1940: Codiscoverer with Edwin M. McMillan of Element 93 (Neptunium)
  • 1941 - 1945 : Associate physicist, physicist, senior physicist, and principal physicist, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.
  • 1945: Awarded U.S. Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  • 1946 - 1953 : Chairman, Biophysics Section, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • 1953 - 1971 : Director, Geophysics Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • 1959: Elected to National Academy of Sciences
  • 1960 - 1963 : General Advisory Committee, Atomic Energy Commission
  • 1962 - 1984 : Editor, Science magazine
  • 1968 - 1981 : Council member, National Academy of Sciences, with a seven-year absence from 1971 to 1978
  • 1971 - 1978 : President and trustee, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Washington, D.C.
  • 1972: Awarded Kalinga Prize, UNESCO
  • 1978 - 1980 : Chairman, Board of Trustees, Bio-Energy Council
  • 1984: Received Distinguished Public Service Award, National Science Foundation

From the guide to the Philip Hauge Abelson Papers, 1939-2002, (bulk 1970-1989), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Scientist and editor. Abelson spent most of his career at Carnegie Institution of Washington, moving from assisstant physicist (1939) to director of the Geophysical Lab to president (1971-1978).

From the description of Oral History interview with Philip Hauge Abelson, 2002 June 19 and 26 and July 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154305581

Nuclear physicist, chemist, and editor. Born 1913.

From the description of Philip Hauge Abelson papers, 1939-2002 (bulk 1970-1989). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70984445

Scientist and editor. Abelson spent most of his career at Carnegie, moving from assistant physicist (1939) to director of the Geophysical Lab to president (1971-1978).

From the description of Autobiography, undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154305575

Member, National Academy of Sciences, and editor of the journal Science, 1962-1985.

From the description of Philip Hauge Abelson papers, 1937-1989 (bulk 1962-1984). (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 646518633

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referencedIn MacDonald, Gordon J. (Gordon James), 1929-2002. Oral history interview with Gordon J. MacDonald, 1993-1995. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Newell, Homer Edward, 1915-. Oral history interview with Homer Edward Newell, 1980 July 17 and October 20. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Philip Hauge Abelson papers, 1939-2002 (bulk 1970-1989) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Abelson, Philip Hauge. Philip Hauge Abelson papers, 1937-1989 (bulk 1962-1984). Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Enrico Fermi and the Beginnings of Nuclear Fission Centennial Conference (2001: New York, NY). Proceedings [sound recording] Papers presented at the Enrico Fermi and the beginnings of nuclear fission Centennial Conference. 2001 November 15 and 16. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Abelson, Philip Hauge. Oral History interview with Philip Hauge Abelson, 2002 June 19 and 26 and July 3. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Abelson, Philip Hauge. Autobiography, undated. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Philip and Neva Abelson oral history interviews, 1989. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
creatorOf Helen C. Abell Collection. Women in Academia / by Philip H. Abelson, reprint from Science V.175, No.4018, Jan.14, 1972. University of Guelph
referencedIn Lewontin, Richard C., 1929-. Papers, ca. 1963-1980. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Richard C. Lewontin papers, ca. 1963-1980, Circa 1963-1980 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn JPL Advisory Council Membership Lists, 1979. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives
creatorOf Philip Hauge Abelson Papers, 1939-2002, (bulk 1970-1989) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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associatedWith Carnegie Institution of Washington. corporateBody
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associatedWith Carnegie Institution of Washington. Geophysical Laboratory. corporateBody
associatedWith Enrico Fermi and the Beginnings of Nuclear Fission Centennial Conference (2001: New York, NY) corporateBody
associatedWith Helen C. Abell Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith International Union of Geological Sciences. corporateBody
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associatedWith Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.) corporateBody
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associatedWith Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958. person
associatedWith Lewontin, Richard C., 1929-. person
associatedWith Lewontin, Richard Charles, 1929- person
associatedWith MacDonald, Gordon J. (Gordon James), 1929-2002. person
associatedWith McMillan, Edwin M. (Edwin Mattison), 1907- person
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Scientists--Archives
Manned space flight--Government policy
Energy policy
Science
Cyclotrons
Nuclear submarines
Nuclear physics
Neutron irradiation
Transuranium elements
Science--Societies, etc
Science and state
World War, 1939-1945--Science
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Chemists
Nuclear physicists
Editors
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Birth 1913-04-27

Death 2004-08-01

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