Lenzen, Victor F. (Victor Fritz), 1890-1975

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Died 1975.

From the description of Letter to Dorothy Michelson Stevens regarding Albert A. Michelson, 1965. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82331316

From the description of Oral history interview with Victor Fritz Lenzen, 1962 June 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84131974


Victor Fritz Lenzen was born December 14, 1890 in San Josi, California to Theodore W. and Kate (Schnoor) Lenzen. He attended Bay Area schools and graduated in 1909 from the California School of Mechanical Arts. He began his studies at tile University of California in engineering, but, more interested in pure theory, he changed his major to philosophy. He graduated in 1913 and was awarded a scholarship for graduate study at Harvard University where he received his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1916.

At Harvard, the lectures of Bertrand Russell and Josiah Royce and their emphasis on mathematical logic turned his interest towards physics. After a year of study in Europe and a year as an assistant in philosophy at Harvard, he enrolled in graduate studies in physics at the University of California in 1918. There he was appointed instructor in 1921 and professor of physics in 1939.

His special interest in physics was mathematical logic, as demonstrated in his lectures for his graduate course in advanced dynamics which he taught until his retirement in 1958.

Active in University affairs, he served on various academic senate committees and was for many years in charge of tile lower division office of the Physics Department. While serving on the University of California Press editorial committee in 1946, his investigation of a controversial paper on archeology led him to a study of the figure of Dionysos on textiles.

An inquiry in the 1960's about his meeting with Mrs. Charles S. Peirce in 1914, when as a graduate student he assisted in picking up C. S. Peirce's papers, launched him on a study of Charles S., his wife Juliette, and Benjamin Peirce, which he pursued until his death on July 18, 1975.

From the guide to the Victor Lenzen papers, [ca. 1904-1975], (The Bancroft Library.)

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referencedIn Unity of science movement records, 1934-1968. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Lenzen, Victor Fritz, 1890-1975. Victor Lenzen papers, [ca. 1904-1975]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Victor Lenzen papers, [ca. 1904-1975] Bancroft Library
referencedIn Portraits of University of California individuals and groups, ca. 1850-[ongoing] The Bancroft Library. University Archives.
creatorOf Lenzen, Victor Fritz, 1890-1975. Physics and philosophy : oral history transcript / Victor Fritz Lanzen; tape recorded interviews conducted by Edna T. Daniel in 1960. Regional Cultural History Project, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1965 : and related material, 1960-1965. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn William B. Provine collection of evolutionary biology reprints, 20th century. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Birge, Raymond Thayer, 1887-. Raymond Thayer Birge, physicist : transcript, 1960. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Catalogue I of the Regional Oral History Office, 1954-1979 Bancroft Library
referencedIn Russell, Bertrand, 1872-1970. Letter to Victor F. Lenzen : San Francisco : TLS, 1931 Nov. 9. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn T. S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot papers, 1878-1958. Houghton Library
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest. William Ernest Hocking Papers. 1860-1979. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Archive for the History of Quantum Physics, 1898-1950 (bulk), 1898-1950 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Lenzen, Victor Fritz, 1890-. Oral history interview with Victor Fritz Lenzen, 1962 June 28. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Lenzen, Victor Fritz, 1890-. Letter to Dorothy Michelson Stevens regarding Albert A. Michelson, 1965. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Becks, Hermann, 1897-1962. Hermann Becks papers, 1944-1962. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Erskine, Herbert W. Files relating to the Lick-Wilmerding School, San Francisco, 1941-1955. UC Berkeley Libraries
referencedIn Unity of Science Movement. Records, 1934-1968 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
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Nuclear physics
Atomic theory
Quantum theory


Birth 1890-12-14

Death 1975


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