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Paul E. Klopsteg

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Dates

May 30, 1889 – April 28, 1991

Authorized Form of Name

Klopsteg, Paul E. (Paul Ernest), 1889-

Additional Forms of Names

Klopsteg, Paul Ernest, 1889-

Biography

Abstract

Professor of physics, University of Minnesota, 1911-1917; Leeds & Northrup Co, 1918-1921; Central Scientific Co, 1921-1944; professor of physics and director of research, Northwestern University Technological Institute, 1944-1961. He was active in numerous professional organizations and founded the American Association of Physics Teachers, and was active in the American Institute of Physics. His avocation was archery about which he wrote two books and many articles.

Important Dates

May 30, 1889Birth, Henderson (Minn.).

1911 – 1916Obtained BS (1911), MA (1913), and PhD (1916), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Minn.).

1913 – 1917Instructor to Assistant Professor of physics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (Minn.).

1917 – 1918Development engineer, U.S. Army Ordnance Department.

1918 – 1921Employed by Leeds & Northrup Co.

1921 – 1944Director of Research and Manufacturing (1921-1930) and President (1930-1944), Central Scientific Company, Chicago (Ill.).

1921 – 1955Member, Board of Directors, Central Scientific Company, Chicago (Ill.).

1931 – 1947Member and Chairman (1940-1947), Governing Board, American Institute of Physics (AIP).

1932 – 1954Treasurer (1932-1952), Vice President (1952-1953), and President (1953-1954), American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

1940 – 1941Member, Instruments Section, National Defense Research Committee.

1941 – 1945Chief, Division 17 (Physics and Special Devices), National Defense Research Committee.

1942Received Honorary ScD, Northwestern University.

1944 – 1945Assistant Chief, Office of Field Services, Office of Scientific Research and Development.

1944 – 1954Professor of applied science and Director of Research, Northwestern University Technological Institute, Evanston (Ill.).

1945 – 1955Chair, Committee on Artificial Limbs, National Research Council.

1948Awarded Presidential Medal for Merit.

1948Received Honorary ScD, Wesleyan University.

1948 – 1950Chairman, advisory board of governors, Argonne National Laboratory.

1951 – 1958Associate Director, National Science Foundation.

1953 – 1962Member, Personnel Security Review Board, United States Atomic Energy Commission.

1954 – 1991Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University, Evanston (Ill.).

1955 – 1958Member, Prosthetics Research Board, National Research Council.

1958 – 1960Chair, Committee on Atmospheric Sciences, National Research Council.

1958 – 1962Special consultant, National Science Foundation.

1959President, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

1961 – 1963Special consultant for science to J. Roscoe Miller, President of Northwestern University.

1964 – 1967Trustee and member, Executive Committee, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

April 28, 1991Death, Laguna Hills (Calif.).

Occupation

Applied physicist.

Places

Birth

Henderson (Minn.)

Undergraduate Education

Minneapolis (Minn.)

Graduate Education

Minneapolis (Minn.)

Employment

Minneapolis (Minn.)

Chicago (Ill.)

Evanston (Ill.)

Death

Laguna Hills (Calif.)

Subjects

Archery.

Scientific apparatus and instruments.

Citations

Finding aid, Paul Klopsteg papers, Northwestern University.

Relationships

People

Family

Graffis, Marie

Daughter.

Klopsteg, Amanda Marie Toedt.

Wife, died in 1990.

Klopsteg, Irma Louise.

Daughter.

Klopsteg, Julius.

Father.

Klopsteg, Magdalen Kuesthardt

Mother.

Reed, Ruth Drake

Daughter.

Advisors & Collaborators

Barton, Henry Askew, 1898-1983

Collaborated in founding of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Compton, K. T. (Karl Taylor), 1887-1954

Collaborated in founding of American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Dodge, Homer L. (Homer Levi), 1887-1983

Collaborated in founding the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Palmer, Frederic, 1878-1967

Collaborated in founding the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).

Pegram, George Braxton, 1876-1958

Collaborated in founding the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

States, M. N. (Marshall Ney)

Collaborated in founding of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). Worked together at Central Scientific Company.

Colleagues

Bush, Vannevar, 1890-1974

Both employed at the National Defense Research Committee and the Office of Scientific Research and Development.

Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962

Both employed at University of Minnesota.

Miller, J. Roscoe (James Roscoe), 1905-1977

Klopsteg served as Miller's special consultant for science (1961-1963), Northwestern University.

Tate, John T. (John Torrence), 1889-1950

Both employed at the University of Minnesota.

Zeleny, John, 1872-

Both employed at University of Minnesota.

Additional

Ballard, Stanley S.

Darrow, Karl K. (Karl Kelchner), 1891-

Gardner, Erle Stanley, 1889-1970

Loomis, Alfred L. (Alfred Lee), 1887-1975

Miner, Thomas D.

Phillips, Melba, 1907-2004

Richtmyer, F. K. (Floyd Karker), 1881-1939

Strassenburg, Arnold A.

Sutton, Richard Manliffe, 1900-1966

Waterfall, Wallace, 1900-1974

Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976

White, Marsh W. (Marsh William), 1896-1999

Wood, Robert Williams, 1868-1955

Institutions

Major Positions

Central Scientific Company

Director of Research and Manufacturing, President, and member, Board of Directors.

Leeds and Northrup Company.

Physicist.

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

Associate Director for Research.

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Technological Institute.

Professor of Applied Science, Director of Research, and Professor Emeritus.

United States. Army. Ordnance Department

Development engineer.

University of Minnesota. Department of Physics and Astronomy

Obtained BS, MA, and PhD, and Instructor to Assistant Professor of physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

President.

American Association of Physics Teachers

President and founding member.

American Institute of Physics

Member and Chairman, Governing Board.

American Physical Society

Argonne National Laboratory

Chairman, Board of Governors.

National Research Council (U.S.)

Member, Prosthetics Research Board and chair, Committee on Atmospheric Sciences.

Optical Society of America

U.S. Atomic Energy Commission

United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development

Assistant Chief, office of field services.

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

Trustee and member, Executive Committee.

University of Chicago. Department of Physics

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

American Association of Physics Teachers records of Paul E. Klopsteg, 1930-1975.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Frank Edmondson History of AURA interviews and documentation, 1978-1991.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Paul E. Klopsteg, 1963 January 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Paul E. Klopsteg, 1970 March 31.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Paul E. Klopsteg papers, 1905-1991.

Library. University Archives.

Northwestern University

Evanston, IL 60201, USA

Reminiscences of Paul Ernest Klopsteg : oral history, 1963.

Oral History Research Office

Columbia University

Box 20, Room 801 Butler Library, New York, NY 10027, USA

The early days of the American Association of Physics Teachers [sound recording], 1962 June 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

AAPT records of early history, 1929-1966.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Director records of Henry A. Barton, 1931-1964.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Association of Physics Teachers records of David Locke Webster, 1930-1958.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Association of Physics Teachers records of Richard M. Sutton, 1934-1949.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy records, 1953-1974.

Bentley Historical Library

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2113, USA

Homer L. Dodge papers, 1852-1994 (bulk 1910-1960).

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with David Locke Webster, 1963 January 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frederic Palmer, Jr., 1963 January 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Homer Levi Dodge, 1963 January 23.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Marshall Ney States, 1963 January 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Wallace Waterfall, 1964 April 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

The moving-coil galvanometer and the application of a damped coil to the measurement of magnetic fields.

Turkish archery and the composite bow : a review of an old chapter in the chronicles of archery and a modern addendum

Subject

Paul E. Klopsteg Physics Today obituary