Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996

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Kenneth T. Bainbridge (1904-1996), the first George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard University (1934-1975), was one of the leading scientists of his generation. He was a noted authority in the field of mass spectroscopy and the application of mass spectrographs as research tools. He designed and built the first cyclotron at Harvard University, participated in the development of radar at the MIT Radiation Laboratory during World War II, and oversaw the test explosion of the first atomic bomb at Alamogordo, New Mexico in July, 1945. During his tenure at Harvard University, he helped attract brilliant faculty members and students to the physics department, actively worked to improve the physics department's laboratory courses, and assisted in the design and creation of an advanced nuclear physics laboratory for graduate students.

From the description of Papers of Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge, 1873, 1923-1996. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77070435

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From the description of Reminiscences of Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309730474

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creatorOf Records of the Office of Scientific Research and Development. 1939 - 1947. Historical Records
creatorOf Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996. Correspondence with James Chadwick and Mark Oliphant concerning Leo Szilard and Ernest Rutherford, 1973-1974. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Purcell, Edward M. Oral history interview with Edward Mills Purcell, 1977 June 8 and 14. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Nier, Alfred O. (Alfred Otto), 1911-1994. Alfred O.C. Nier papers, 1930-1996. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Harvard University. Dept. of Physics. Records of the Dept. of Physics, 1879-1983 (inclusive), 1910-1983 (bulk). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000. Robert R. Wilson papers, 1936-2000. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Alfred O.C. Nier papers, 1930-1996 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
creatorOf Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996. Papers of Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge, 1873, 1923-1996. Harvard University, Archives
creatorOf Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins), 1904-1996. Reminiscences of Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge : oral history, 1960. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Anderson, P. W. (Philip W.), 1923-. Oral history interview with Philip Anderson, 1999. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Livingood, John J. (John Jacob), 1903-. Oral history interview with John Jacob Livingood, 1977 May 16. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005. Hans Bethe papers, [ca. 1931]-1992. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Nier, Alfred O. (Alfred Otto), 1911-1994. Lecture on stable isotopes from CO2 [videorecording]. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Niels Bohr Library. The Emilio Segrè visual archives, A-D, [ca. 1870]-9999. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hans Bethe papers, [ca. 1931]-1995 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Smithsonian Videohistory Program. The Manhattan Project oral history interviews [videorecording] / 1987-1990. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Robert R. Wilson papers, 1936-2000. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
referencedIn Records of the Office of Scientific Research and Development. 1939 - 1947. Historical Records
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associatedWith Anderson, P. W. (Philip W.), 1923- person
associatedWith Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005. person
associatedWith Chadwick, James, 1891-1974. person
associatedWith Harvard Cyclotron Laboratory. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Dept. of Physics. corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Dept. of Physics. corporateBody
associatedWith Livingood, John J. (John Jacob), 1903- person
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Radiation Laboratory. corporateBody
associatedWith Niels Bohr Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Nier, Alfred O. (Alfred Otto), 1911-1994. person
associatedWith Oliphant, Mark, Sir, 1901- person
associatedWith Purcell, Edward M. person
associatedWith Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937. person
associatedWith Safford, Joan, person
associatedWith Smithsonian Videohistory Program. corporateBody
associatedWith Szilard, Leo, 1898-1964. person
associatedWith Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New Mexico--Los Alamos
Massachusetts--Cambridge
United States
Subject
Physicists--Political activity
Cyclotrons
Manhattan Project (U.S.)
Nuclear energy
Physicists
Nuclear arms control
Nuclear warfare--Social aspects
Atomic bomb
Physics--Study and teaching (Higher)
Physicists--Interviews
Physics--Research
Atomic bomb--Testing
Physics
Nuclear physics
World War, 1939-1945--Radar
Internal security
Mass spectrometry
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Physicists
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Birth 1904-07-27

Death 1996-07-14

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