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Earl Wadsworth McDaniel Papers

Earl Wadsworth McDaniel Papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Earl Wadsworth McDaniel Papers
Identification: MS455
Date: 1929-1998 and undated (bulk dates 1962-1993)
Size/Quantity: 5.8 linear feet (14 document cases, 1 half-size document case)
Language: This collection is written in English.
Creator: McDaniel, Earl Wadsworth, 1926-
Repository: Archives & Records Management, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract:This collection contains the lecture notes, research materials, biographical information, and correspondence of Earl Wadsworth McDaniel, professor of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Biographical/Historical Note

Earl Wadsworth McDaniel (1926-1997) served on the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology for more than 30 years.

McDaniel was born on April 15, 1926 in Macon, Georgia to Mr. and Mrs. J.B. McDaniel. Earl McDaniel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Georgia Tech in 1948. After graduating, he went to the University of Michigan, where he subsequently earned an M.S. (1950) and Ph.D. (1954) in Physics.

In 1954, McDaniel returned to Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor. During his tenure as an Assistant Professor, he helped to develop the Southern United States’ first atomic clock. In addition, he helped set up a subcritical nuclear assembly at Georgia Tech in 1957, and he worked extensively on the topic of atomic collision, authoring or co-authoring six books about the topic. McDaniel’s desire to improve Georgia Tech’s physics program, particularly nuclear physics, proved to be beneficial to not only Georgia Tech, but also to the larger scientific community. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1956, to Professor in 1961, and in 1970 to Regent’s Professor of Physics, the then-highest professor rank in the University System of Georgia. McDaniel was named Georgia’s “Scientist of the Year” in 1971, mainly for his development of the drift tube spectrometer, an apparatus meant for studying the behavior of low-energy ions in gases. Throughout his career, which formally ended in 1986 with his retirement, he continually earned remarkable recognition for his work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Research Scholarship. After retirement, McDaniel continued to work in and outside academia. By the time of his death on May 4th, 1997, he had authored over 140 scientific research papers, authored or co-authored six books, and co-edited nine other books.

McDaniel was married to the former Frances Scarratt (1926-2003), and they had two children, Linda and Keith.


Scope and Content Note

SERIES 1 of this collection contains several biographical sketches on McDaniel, mostly in the form of resumes, as well as letters of recommendation and correspondence, dating mainly from after McDaniel's retirement. SERIES 2, Writings and Reviews, contains McDaniel's writings, including drafts of book chapters, a 1976 commencement address, and mock-up illustrations for his 1993 book, Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles. Lecture and Research Notes (SERIES 3) contains lecture and research notes, in the form of heavily annotated textbooks. The last series, SERIES 4, consists of articles and books that are mostly unannotated. These were presumably kept for teaching and research.


Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:

SERIES 1. General office files

SERIES 2. Writings and reviews

SERIES 3. Lecture notes

SERIES 4. Other research notes


Index Terms

Engineering--Study and teaching.
Georgia Institute of Technology. School of Physics.
Lecture notes.
McDaniel, Earl Wadsworth, 1926-
Physics--Study and teaching.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Please cite [Item, Folder Title, Series], Earl Wadsworth McDaniel Papers (MS455), Archives, Library and Learning Excellence, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Provenance

Donation (accession number: 2000.086).

Processing Information

Taylor Prichard, Rachelle Wiese, and Christine de Catanzaro processed these papers in January 2014.


Restrictions

Restrictions: Access

Folders containing recommendation letters (SERIES 1) are restricted.

Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


Separated Material

A box of transparencies and a photograph have been separated from the collection and will be processed separately as VAM455.


Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available on request in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


Container List

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SERIES 1: General office files, 1978-1993 and undated

Description

This series contains several biographical sketches, mostly in the form of resumes, as well as letters of recommendation and correspondence, dating mainly from after McDaniel's retirement.

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11Biographical sketches, 1990-1991 and undated
12Correspondence, 1986-1993
13Letters of recommendation (written by McDaniel) (RESTRICTED), 1978-1991
14Letters of recommendation (written on behalf of McDaniel) (RESTRICTED), 1986-1991
 

SERIES 2: Writings and reviews, 1972-1998 and undated

Description

Series 2 contains McDaniel's writings, including drafts of book chapters, a 1976 commencement address, and mock-up illustrations for his 1993 book Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles. Also included are reviews of some of McDaniel's published works.

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15Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 1 draft, ca. 1992
16Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Library record, March 1998
17Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 1 illustrations, ca. 1993
18Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 2 illustrations, ca. 1993
19Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 3 illustrations, ca. 1993
110Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 4 illustrations, ca. 1993
111Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 5 illustrations, ca. 1993
112Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 6 illustrations, ca. 1993

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21Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 7 illustrations, ca. 1993
22Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 8 illustrations, ca. 1993
23Atomic Collisions: Heavy Particle Projectiles-Chapter 9 illustrations, ca. 1993
24Book chapter? (on Hartree-Fock), undated
25Commencement address, March 1976
26Graduate school papers, ca. 1950 and undated
27Guide to Bibliographies, Books, Reviews and Compendia of Data on Atomic Collisions (with E. J. Mansky), 1994
28The Importance of Basic Research to the United States (in The Georgia Tech Alumnus), Summer 1972
29Reviews of McDaniel's writings, 1991-1992 and undated
210Article re: publication of The Physical Review: The First Hundred Years, July 1996
 

SERIES 3: Lecture and research notes, 1961-1982 and undated

Description

This series contains lecture and research notes, mainly in the form of heavily annotated textbooks. The annotations mostly include solutions and illustrations of problems in the texts.

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31Annotated text (unidentified author), undated
32Atomic Physics-Notes (folder 1 of 2), 1978 and undated
33Atomic Physics-Notes (folder 2 of 2), 1978 and undated
34Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson)-Chapters 1-3 (folder 1 of 2), undated
35Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson)-Chapters 1-3 (folder 2 of 2), undated
36Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson Second Edition)-Notes (Chapters 1-6) (folder 1 of 2), undated

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41Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson Second Edition)-Notes (Chapters 1-6) (folder 2 of 2), undated
42Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson)-Notes (Chapters 4-11) (folder 1 of 2), undated
43Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson)-Notes (Chapters 4-11) (folder 2 of 2), undated
44Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson)-Problems (folder 1 of 3), undated
45Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson)-Problems (folder 2 of 3), undated
46Classical Electrodynamics (Jackson)-Problems (folder 3 of 3), undated

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51Classical Mechanics (Biritz)-Notes (folder 1 of 2), 1971 and undated
52Classical Mechanics (Biritz)-Notes (folder 2 of 2), 1971 and undated
53Classical Mechanics (Goldstein)-Notes, undated
54Classical Mechanics (Physics 621)-Notes, undated
55Complex Variables and Applications, 1961

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61Diagonalization and Similarity Transformations-Notes, undated
62Diagonalization of Matrices, undated
63Green's Function, undated
64Green's Function (Purcell, Feynman), undated
65Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics (folder 1 of 2), undated
66Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics (folder 2 of 2), undated

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71Linear Algebra (James)-Problems, undated
72Mechanics Problems 1, 1982 and undated
73Mechanics Problems 2 (folder 1 of 2), undated
74Mechanics Problems 2 (folder 2 of 2), undated
75Molecular Physics (folder 1 of 2), undated
76Molecular Physics (folder 2 of 2), undated

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81Quantum Field Theory (Gatland, Bjorken, and Drell) (folder 1 of 2), 1972 and undated
82Quantum Field Theory (Gatland, Bjorken, and Drell) (folder 2 of 2), 1972 and undated
83Quantum Mechanics (folder 1 of 2), undated
84Quantum Mechanics (folder 2 of 2), undated
85Quantum Mechanics (Baym, Davydov, Dirac), undated
86Quantum Mechanics (Physics 727) (folder 1 of 2), 1963 and undated

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91Quantum Mechanics (Physics 727) (folder 2 of 2), 1963 and undated
92Quantum Mechanics (Schiff), undated
93Quantum States of Atoms, Molecules, and Solids (Morrison, Estle, Lane)-Problems (folder 1 of 2), 1976 and undated
94Quantum States of Atoms, Molecules, and Solids (Morrison, Estle, Lane)-Problems (folder 2 of 2), 1976 and undated
95Quantum Theory (Park)-Chapters 1-5, undated

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101Quantum Theory (Park)-Chapters 6-8, undated
102Quantum Theory (Park)-Problems, undated
103Statistical Mechanics, undated
104Transport of Plasmas, undated
105Vectors and Tensors (Ferziger and Kaper), undated
 

SERIES 4: Other notes, 1929-1993 and undated

Description

Series 4 consists of copies of articles and books, which were apparently kept as reference for teaching and research. Unlike the books in Series 3, these articles and books are mostly unannotated.

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111Accurate Measurement of Time (Itano, Ramsey)-Scientific American, July 1993
112Adventures in Experimental Physics (Maglich), 1974
113Articles on various topics, 1975 and undated
114Density Matrix Theory and Applications (Blum), ca. 1981
115Effective Range Theory, undated
116Gravitation (Misner, Thorne, Wheeler)-Parts I-III, ca. 1973
117Gravitation (Misner, Thorne, Wheeler)-Part IV, ca. 1973
118Gravitation (Misner, Thorne, Wheeler)-Part VII, ca. 1973

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121Introduction to the Quantum Theory of Scattering (Rodberg and Thaler) (folder 1 of 2), 1967
122Introduction to the Quantum Theory of Scattering (Rodberg and Thaler) (folder 2 of 2), 1967
123Introduction to Wave Mechanics (Chapter 25 of book), undated
124Molecules and Radiation: An Introduction to Modern Molecular Spectroscopy (Steinfeld), ca. 1974
125My Life (Born), undated
126The Physics of Everyday Phenomena (Scientific American), 1979

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131Problems in Quantum Mechanics (ter Haar), 1975
132Quantum States of Atoms, Molecules, and Solids (Morrison, Estle, Lane) (folder 1 of 3), 1976
133Quantum States of Atoms, Molecules, and Solids (Morrison, Estle, Lane) (folder 2 of 3), 1976
134Quantum States of Atoms, Molecules, and Solids (Morrison, Estle, Lane) (folder 3 of 3), 1976
135Relativistic Mechanics (Sard) (folder 1 of 2), ca. 1970
136Relativistic Mechanics (Sard) (folder 2 of 2), ca. 1970
137Relativity-Articles (folder 1 of 4), 1959-1978 and undated

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141Relativity-Articles (folder 2 of 4), 1959-1978 and undated
142Relativity-Articles (folder 3 of 4), 1959-1978 and undated
143Relativity-Articles (folder 4 of 4), 1959-1978 and undated
144Relativity-Quantum Mechanics (folder 1 of 2), undated
145Relativity-Quantum Mechanics (folder 2 of 2), undated
146A Short Table of Integrals (Peirce), 1929

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151Six-Place Tables (McGraw-Hill), 1941
152State of the Audiotape Art-Article, 1977
153Superradiance, 1963-1982
154Use of Macintosh Plus-Notes, undated
155Vector Analysis (and Tensor Analysis) (Spiegel), 1959