University of Chicago. Division of the Physical Sciences

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Formed in 1930, by the 1940s the University of Chicago's Division of the Physical Sciences included the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology and Physics, as well as the Institute for the Study of Metals and the Institute for Nuclear Studies. The astronomer Walter Bartky served as dean of the division during this time. Some of the most critical scientific developments of the 20th century took place under the Division of the Physical Sciences during the 1940s, most famously Enrico Fermi's 1942 achievement of the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Further research and training programs in the physical sciences were supported by government contracts in the interest of national defense.

From the description of University of Chicago Division of the Physical Sciences records 1935-1949 (inclusive). (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 611902562

As part of a university-wide reorganization, the University of Chicago's Division of the Physical Sciences was formed to incorporate the Departments of Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Military Science and Physics. During the 1940s, the division included the Departments of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Chemistry, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology and Physics, as well as the Institute for the Study of Metals and the Institute for Nuclear Studies. The astronomer Walter Bartky served as dean of the division during this time.

Some of the most critical scientific developments of the 20th century took place under the Division of the Physical Sciences during the 1940s, most famously Enrico Fermi's 1942 achievement of the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. Further research and training programs in the physical sciences were supported by government contracts in the interest of national defense.

From the guide to the University of Chicago. Division of the Physical Sciences. Records, 1935-1949, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

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creatorOf University of Chicago. Division of the Physical Sciences. Records, 1935-1949 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Mulliken, Robert S. Papers, 1908-1985 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
referencedIn Bartky, Walter, 1901-. Papers, 1940-1957 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Mulliken, Robert Sanderson. Papers, 1908-1985 (inclusive), 1920s-1985 (bulk). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Barrows, Harlan H. Papers, circa 1880-1939 Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library,
creatorOf University of Chicago. Division of the Physical Sciences. University of Chicago Division of the Physical Sciences records 1935-1949 (inclusive). University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Gale, Henry Gordon, 1874-1942. Papers, 1889-1948. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Herbert Friedman Papers, 1940-2000 American Philosophical Society
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associatedWith Barrows, Harlan H. person
associatedWith Bartky, Walter, 1901- person
associatedWith Friedman, Herbert, 1916-2000 person
associatedWith Gale, Henry Gordon, 1874-1942. person
associatedWith Mulliken, Robert Sanderson. person
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