Wilson, E. Bright (Edgar Bright), 1908-

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Born in Gallati, Tennessee on 18 December 1908. Died: 12 July 1992. Education: B.S., Chemistry, Princeton University (1930), M.A., Princeton University (1931), Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, California Institute of Technology (1933). Employment: 1933-1934 California Institute of Technology; 1942-1944 Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; 1944-1946 National Defense Research Committee; 1952-1953 Department of Defense; 1934- Harvard University.

From the description of Oral history interview with E. Bright Wilson, Jr., 1986 November 17 & 18 (Chemical Heritage Foundation). WorldCat record id: 715391589

Edgar Bright Wilson (1908-1992), physical chemist, was a leader in the study of molecules through spectroscopy. He was the Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University from 1947 to 1979.

He obtained his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology, where he studied with Nobel laureate Linus Pauling, in 1933. With Linus Pauling he wrote An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics with Applications to Chemistry, which was published in 1935. His long career at Harvard began with a 1934 appointment as a junior fellow.

His career also led him beyond Harvard. During World War II, he worked on the improvement of underwater explosives at Woods Hole, Mass. Later, he was a trustee of the Oceanographic Institute. In the 1950s he directed research for the Department of Defense. He also chaired the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on radioactive waste. In 1967 he was among a number of prominent scientists urging an end to the war in Vietnam. He retired from Harvard in 1979, but continued his research as a professor emeritus.

From the description of Papers of Edgar Bright Wilson, Jr., 1935-1983 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76973220

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referencedIn Edward U. Condon Papers, Circa 1920-1974 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, 1910-1994 (bulk 1922-1991) Oregon State University The Valley Library, Special Collections
referencedIn Archive for the History of Quantum Physics, 1898-1950 (bulk), 1898-1950 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Alexander, Jerome, b. 1876. Jerome Alexander correspondence, 1908-1953. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Papers, 1840-1961. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Leonard Carmichael Papers, 1898-1973, Circa 1917-1973 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Jerome Alexander correspondence, 1908-1953 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Wilson, E. Bright (Edgar Bright), 1908-. Oral history interview with E. Bright Wilson, Jr., 1986 November 17 & 18 Chemical Heritage Foundation, Othmer Library of Chemical History
creatorOf Wilson, E. Bright (Edgar Bright), 1908-. Papers of Edgar Bright Wilson, Jr., 1935-1983 (inclusive). Harvard University, Archives
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1995. Houghton Library.
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Molecular spectroscopy
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Birth 1908-12-18

Death 1992-06-12

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