Papers, 1928-1989.


Korff, Serge Alexander, 1906-. Papers, 1928-1989.

Papers, 1928-1989.

The Korff Collection documents the work of a prominent cosmic ray physicist active in academic, governmental and international settings. The collection contains 12 linear feet of material and encompasses Korff's professional career from 1928 to 1989, though the bulk of the material falls into the period 1950-1975. Correspondence represents a significant portion of the collection: correspondents include leading American, South American and European physicists, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, academicians from other disciplines, professional scientific organizations, government agencies, military personnel, commercial equipment suppliers, and publishing concerns. Korff's notes and drafts demonstrate not only his research methods and prose style, but also his lectures and presentations, revisions of his own and other's publications, and the details of his experimental data. Also included in the collection are information on research projects and expeditions; grant proposals and reports; materials on scientific conferences; students' theses and dissertations; administrative records pertaining to NYU and its physics department; and reprints of scholarly articles by Korff and others. Korff additionally provides his personal insights and remarkable observations on his travels in his memoirs of his travels and of the NYU Physics Department. The Korff Collection provides critical insight into the field of physics in the 20th century. Significant topics represented include the study of cosmic rays, neutrons and optical dispersion; the theory, development and uses of devices for measuring radiation; radio-carbon dating; physics research and its social and political context around the world, especially in South America; international scientific cooperation, particularly during the International Geophysical Year; observations of eclipses; high altitude balloon flights; and government and military funding of scientific research.

12 linear feet.

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