Guide to the Charles Townes Innovative Lives Presentation

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0673
Creators:
Berger, Sondra
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.
Townes, Charles, Dr., 1915-
Dates:
1998
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.5 Cubic feet
3 boxes
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Videotaped interview with Charles Townes, inventor of the MASER (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation). The interview was part of the "Innovative Lives" public program series. Videotapes include VHS and Beta Cam SP formats.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Divided into 3 series: 1. Original videos; 2. Master videos; 3. Reference videos.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Charles Townes was born in Greenville, S.C., July 28, 1915. Graduated from Furman University (1935), Duke University (1936), and the California Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1939). Appointed to faculty of Columbia University, 1948, where he conceived the idea for the maser. Received Nobel Prize for physics for advances in quantum electronics, 1964.

Administration
Processing Information
Collection processed by Alison Oswald, 1999.
Author
Alison Oswald
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.,Room 1016, MRC 604, 12th and Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20560.,Made for NMAH.,1998/12/02.,1998.3106.

Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Unrestricted research use of Series 3 on site, by appointment.
Preferred Citation
Charles Townes Innovative Lives Presentation, 1998, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions. Signed oral history releases on file.

Ownership and Custodial History
Ownership and Custodial History
Oral history was created by the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Transferred to the Archives Center December 2, 1998.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Oral history -- 1990-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Videotapes -- 1990-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Innovative Lives Program (NMAH public program series) Title Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Electronics -- 1960-2000 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Masers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
BetaCam SP (videotape format) Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Interviews -- 1980-2000 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventions -- 1950-2000 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Physics -- 1960-1990 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Astronomy -- 1960-2000 Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nobel Prizes Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Inventors -- Chronological subdivision--1930-2000 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Nahory, Robert E. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Physicists -- Chronological subdivision--1930-2000 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives