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William G. Wagner lecture notes, 1958-1962

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Wagner, William G.

Size of collection

0.75 linear feet
1 manuscript box(s)
1 half manuscript box(s)

Short description of collection

A collection of notes from lectures at the California Institute of Technology, given by Murray Gell-Mann, Robert L. Walker, and William A. Fowler.

Language(s) of collection


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Biographical Note

Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (1962). Senior staff physicist, Hughes Research Laboratory; research fellow and lecturer, California Institute Technology; professor of physics, University of California, Irvine; professor of physics, University of Southern California; Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Southern California; founder of the Program in Neural, Informational, and Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern California.

Scope and Contents of Collection

Contains six bound books of notes from lectures at the California Institute of Technology, given by Murray Gell-Mann (quantum mechanics, field theory, and theoretical physics), Robert L. Walker (high energy physics), and William A. Fowler (nuclear physics). The Gell-Mann notes were written by William G. Wagner. Also includes one lengthy proposal (approximately 200 pages) by the Midwestern Universities Research Association for permission to build a high intensity accelerator.

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.


Fowler, William A.
Wagner, William G.
Walker, R. L. (Robert Lee), 1919-


California Institute of Technology.
Midwestern Universities Research Association

Subject terms

Accelerators. Design and construction.
Field theory (Physics).
Particles (Nuclear physics)
Quantum theory.
Theoretical physics.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into two series:

  • Series I: Notes
  • Series II: Proposal

Each sereis is arranged chronologically.

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Received along with a donation of books from Ethan D. Alyea, 2007.

Processing Information

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

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], William G. Wagner lecture notes, . American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the William G. Wagner lecture notes, 1958-1962


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: Notes

Box 1 Folder 1 Relativistic quantum mechanics and field theory, by Gell-Mann (1 of 2), 1958
Folder 2 Relativistic quantum mechanics and field theory, by Gell-Mann (2 of 2), 1958
Folder 3 Topics in theoretical physics (Part 1), by Gell-Mann, 1958
Folder 4 Topics in theoretical physics (Part 2), by Gell-Mann, 1959
Folder 5 Topics in theoretical physics (Part 3), by Gell-Mann, 1959
Folder 6 Notes on high energy physics, by R.L. Walker, 1959
Box 2 Folder 1 Nuclear physics course notes, by W.A. Fowler, [undated]

Series II: Proposal

Box 2 Folder 2 Proposal for a 10 BEV high intensity accelerator, by Midwestern Universities Research Association, 1962