Waterman, Alan Tower, 1892-1967

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Physicist and science administrator.

From the description of Alan Tower Waterman papers, 1917-1967 (bulk 1940-1963). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980271

Biographical Note

  • 1892, June 4: Born, Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.
  • 1913: A.B., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1914: M.A., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1916: Ph.D., Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1916 - 1917 : Instructor of physics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1917: Married Mary Mallon
  • 1917 - 1919 : Lieutenant, Meteorological Section, U.S. Army Signal Corps
  • 1919 - 1923 : Instructor of physics, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1923 - 1930 : Assistant professor of physics, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1931 - 1942 : Associate professor of physics, Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1933 - 1942 : Chief reader, College Entrance Examination Board
  • 1935 - 1942 : Member, editorial board, American Journal of Science
  • 1942 - 1943 : Vice chairman, Division D, National Defense Research Committee
  • 1943 - 1946 : Deputy chief (1943-1945) and chief (1945-1946), Office of Field Services, Office of Scientific Research and Development
  • 1946 - 1951 : Deputy chief and chief scientist, Office of Naval Research
  • 1948: Awarded Presidential Medal for Merit
  • 1951 - 1963 : Director, National Science Foundation
  • 1963: Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 1963 - 1967 : Consultant, National Academy of Sciences
  • 1967, Nov. 31: Died, Bethesda, Md.

From the guide to the Alan Tower Waterman Papers, 1917-1967, (bulk 1940-1963), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf McMath, Robert R. (Robert Raynolds), 1891-1962. Robert R. McMath papers, 1916-1962. Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Roberts, Walter Orr. Oral history interview with Walter Orr Roberts, 1987 August 21. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn John Archibald Wheeler Papers, 1880-2008, 1880-2008 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Roman, Nancy Grace, 1925-. Oral history interview with Nancy Grace Roman, 1980 August 19. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn William Jacob Robbins papers, 1896-1974, 1896-1974 American Philosophical Society
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 Records of the National Science Foundation. 1907 - 2007. Subject Files of Dr. Alan T. Waterman National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Anderson Hunter Dupree Papers, 1940-1960 Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Compton, Betty Charity McCloskey, 1916-. Oral history interview with Betty Charity McCloskey Compton, 1968 April 11 and 14. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Robbins, William Jacob, 1890-1978. Papers, 1898-1974. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Lee A. DuBridge papers, 1932-1986 California Institute of Technology. Archives.
referencedIn Prescott S. Bush Papers., undated, 1952-1962. Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Center.
referencedIn Robert R. McMath Papers, 1916-1962 Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Alan Tower Waterman Papers, 1917-1967, (bulk 1940-1963) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Alumni Association (University of Michigan), Individual Photographs, ca. 1880-ca. 1960s Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Waterman, Alan Tower, 1892-. Miscellaneous papers. Jacksonville University, Carl S. Swisher Library
referencedIn Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Records, 1953-1974 Bentley Historical Library
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith American Association for the Advancement of Science. corporateBody
associatedWith Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy corporateBody
associatedWith Bronk, Detlev W. (Detlev Wulf), 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Bush, Prescott Sheldon. person
associatedWith Bush, Vannevar, 1890-1974. person
associatedWith Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (Stanford, Calif.) corporateBody
associatedWith College Entrance Examination Board corporateBody
associatedWith Compton, Betty Charity McCloskey, 1916- person
associatedWith Compton, K. T. (Karl Taylor), 1887-1954. person
associatedWith Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978. person
associatedWith Cosmos Club (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901-1994. person
associatedWith Gamow, George, 1904-1968. person
associatedWith Libby, Willard F. person
associatedWith Libby, Willard Frank, 1908- person
associatedWith Lovell, Bernard, Sir, 1913- person
associatedWith McMath, Robert R. (Robert Raynolds), 1891-1962. person
associatedWith Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. person
associatedWith National Science Foundation (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Newell, Homer Edward, 1915- person
associatedWith Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967. person
associatedWith Robbins, William Jacob, 1890-1978. person
associatedWith Roberts, Walter Orr. person
associatedWith Roman, Nancy Grace, 1925- person
associatedWith Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972. person
associatedWith United States. Office of Naval Research. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Michigan. Alumni Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008 person
associatedWith Wiener, Norbert, 1894-1964. person
associatedWith Yale University corporateBody
associatedWith Zacharias, Jerrold Reinach, 1905-1986. person
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International Geophysical Year, 1957-1958


Birth 1892-06-04

Death 1967-11-30



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