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Yuen Ren Chao student notes on lectures given by George Sarton, 1916-1918.

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Chao, Yuen Ren,

Size of collection

0.25 linear feet
1 half manuscript box

Short description of collection

Lecture notes taken by physics student Yuen Ren Chao.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Yuen Ren Chao (1892-1982) was a Chinese physicist and linguist. After studying physics and mathematics at Cornell, he earned his doctorate in philosophy at Harvard, and began teaching mathematics at Cornell. In 1920 he returned to China to teach mathematics. An engagement to serve as interpreter to Bertrand Russell during his lecture tour in China rekindled an old interest in Chinese dialects, and prompted a decision to devote himself to the study of Chinese linguistics. For the next five years he studied linguistics in America and Europe, returning to China in 1925 to teach Chinese phonology.

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection consists of notes taken by Yuen Ren Chao on lectures given by George Sarton at Harvard University in two courses, history of science and history of physics.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Researchers must have an approved access application on file in order to access archival materials.

Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.


Chao, Yuen Ren, 1892-
Sarton, George, 1884-1956.


Harvard University.

Subject terms

Physics. History.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into a single series:

  • Series I: Lectures notes

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received from Y. R. Chao in 1964.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lara D'Agaro in 2007.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Yuen Ren Chao student notes on lectures given by George Sarton. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Yuen Ren Chao student notes on lectures given by George Sarton, 1916-1918.


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Brown in 2007. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Lecture notes

Box 1 Folder 1 Letter to AIP from Yuen Ren Chao, 1964
Folder 2 Sarton, George - History of Science, 1916-1917
Folder 3 Sarton, George - History of Science 2a, 1917-1918
Folder 4 Sarton, George - History of Science 2b, 1917-1918