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Karl K. Darrow

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Dates

November 26, 1891 – June 7, 1982

Authorized Form of Name

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

Additional Forms of Names

Darrow, Karl K., 1891-1982

Darrow, Karl Kelchner, 1891-

Biography

Abstract

Physicist (science writer). Physicist, Western Electric Company, 1917-1924 and Bell Telephone Laboratories, 1925-1956; Secretary, American Physical Society, 1941-1966. Died 1982.

Important Dates

November 26, 1891Birth, Chicago (Ill.).

1911Graduate work, Université de Paris.

1911Obtained BS, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1912Obtained PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1917 – 1925Research physicist, Western Electric, New York (N.Y.).

1925 – 1956Science writer, Bell Telephone Laboratories, New York (N.Y.).

1929Visiting professor, Stanford University.

1931Visiting professor, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1932Visiting professor, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1941 – 1942Visiting professor, Smith College.

1941 – 1967Secretary, American Physical Society (APS).

1949Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Lyons.

1952Awarded rank of Chevalier, French Legion of Honor.

1960Awarded Karl Taylor Compton Gold Medal, American Institute of Physics (AIP).

June 7, 1982Death.

Occupation

Physicist and science writer.

Places

Birth

Chicago (Ill.)

Undergraduate Education

Chicago (Ill.)

Graduate Education

Chicago (Ill.)

Employment

New York (N.Y.)

Subjects

Microphone.

Physics -- Industrial applications.

Physics -- Societies, etc.

Science -- International cooperation.

Telephone.

World War, 1939-1945 -- Europe.

Citations

Finding aid of the Karl K. Darrow papers, Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Relationships

People

Family

Darrow, Clarence, 1857-1938

Uncle.

Darrow, Dora Elizabeth Marcy

Wife, married in 1943.

Darrow, Edward Everett

Father.

Darrow, Helen Kelchner

Mother.

Advisors & Collaborators

Barton, Henry Askew, 1898-1983

Collaborated to found the American Institute of Physics (AIP).

Havens, William W. (William Westerfield), 1920-2004

Deputy secretary of the American Physical Society (APS) under Darrow.

Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953

PhD advisor, thesis concerned the measurement of the specific heat ratios of hydrogen.

Colleagues

Colpitts, Edwin Henry

Both employed at Western Electric.

Ives, Herbert Eugene, 1882-1953

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

King, Robert Waldo, 1890-1979

Both employed at Bell Laboratories.

Additional

Allis, William P. (William Phelps), 1901-1999

Anderson, Carl D. (Carl David), 1905-1991

Anslow, Gladys A. (Gladys Amelia)

Baruch, Bernard M. (Bernard Mannes), 1870-1965.

Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005

Birge, Raymond T. (Raymond Thayer), 1887-

Bitter, Francis, 1902-1967

Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962

Boyce, Joseph Canon, 1903-

Bozorth, R. M. (Richard M.)

Bragg, William Henry, 1862-1942

Bridgman, P. W. (Percy Williams), 1882-1961

Briggs, Lyman J. (Lyman James), 1874-1963

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Broglie, Louis de, 1892-1987

Buckley, Oliver Ellsworth, 1887-1959

Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962

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

Coy, Nettie Helena, 1909-

Cranberg, Lawrence, 1917-

Crew, Henry, 1859-1953

Darwin, Charles Galton, Sir, 1887-1962

Davisson, Clinton Joseph, 1881-1958

Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966

Déjardin, Georges

Dempster, Arthur Jeffrey

Dryden, Hugh L. (Hugh Latimer), 1898-1965

DuMond, Jesse W. M. (Jesse William Monroe), 1892-1976

Ewald, Paul Peter, 1888-1985

Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954

Fermi, Laura

Finkelstein, Louis

Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981

Fleming, Gertrude

Fletcher, Harvey, 1884-1981

Franck, James, 1882-1964

Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978

Hoddeson, Lillian

Hull, Gordon Ferrie, 1870-

Hutchisson, Elmer, 1902-

Jewett, Frank B. (Frank Baldwin), 1879-1949

Johnson, John Bertrand

Kelly, Mervin Joe

Kittel, Charles

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

Lauritsen, Charles Christian, 1892-1968

Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958

Lecomte du Noüy, Pierre, 1883-1947

Leprince-Ringuet, Louis

Loomis, F. W. (Francis Wheeler), 1889-1976

Marshall, Leona

McMillan, Edwin M. (Edwin Mattison), 1907-

Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956

Mendenhall, Charles E. (Charles Elwood), 1872-1935

Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976

Merritt, Ernest, 1865-1948

Michelson, Albert A. (Albert Abraham), 1852-1931

Millman, S. (Sidney), 1904-2006

Morse, Philip M. (Philip McCord), 1903-1985

Mulfinger, George, 1932-

Mulliken, Robert Sanderson

Nichols, Harold William, 1886-1925

Nix, Foster Cary, 1905-

Nottingham, Wayne B. (Wayne Buckles), 1899-

Oliphant, Mark, 1901-2000

Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967

Osgood, Thomas H.

Pauling, Ava Helen

Pauling, Linus, 1901-1994

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

Took class from Darrow in 1927.

Pegram, George Braxton, 1876-1958

Phillips, Melba, 1907-2004

Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988

Ricker, Norman Hurd

Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937

Sandoval Vallarta, Manuel, 1899-1977

Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961

Seitz, Frederick, 1911-2008

Serber, R. (Robert)

Shankland, Robert S., 1908-

Shaw, A. Norman

Shockley, William, 1910-1989

Took summer class from Darrow at Stanford University.

Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976

Smoluchowski, Roman

Strauss, Lewis L.

Swann, W. F. G. (William Francis Gray), 1884-1962

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

Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980

Waller, Ivar, 1898-1991

White, Addison Hughson, 1909-

Wilson, Robert R., 1914-2000

Wood, Elizabeth A. (Elizabeth Armstrong)

Wooldridge, Dean E.

Wyckoff, Ralph W. G. (Ralph Walter Graystone), 1897-1994

Institutions

Major Positions

Bell Telephone Laboratories

Science writer.

Columbia University. Department of Physics

Visiting Professor.

Smith College

Stanford University. Department of Physics

Visiting Professor.

University of Chicago. Department of Physics

Obtained BS and PhD and Visiting Professor.

Western Electric Company

Research Physicist.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Association of Physics Teachers

Founding member.

American Institute of Physics

American Philosophical Society

American Physical Society

Secretary.

Carnegie Hall (New York, N.Y.)

Century Association (New York, N.Y.)

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Graduate work.

Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.)

Rockefeller Foundation

Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research

United States. National Bureau of Standards

Université de Paris

Graduate work.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

75th anniversary session of the American Physical Society [sound recording] : 1974 April 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Invited papers on physics today [sound recording], 1951 October.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Karl Darrow American Physical Society files on the Division of Chemical Physics, Division of Solid State Physics, and Division of Plasma Physics, 1956-1962.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Karl Darrow correspondence relating to history of physics, 1943-1968.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Karl Darrow correspondence relating to history of the American Physical Society, 1943-1968.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Karl K. Darrow papers, 1872-1978 (bulk 1917-1972).

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Melba Phillips correspondence with Karl Kelchner Darrow, 1965-1967.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Karl K. Darrow, 1964 April 2 and 10 June.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

AIP Office of the Director records of Elmer Hutchisson, 1948-1966, (bulk 1957-1964).

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

AIP Office of the Secretary records, circa 1950-1990.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Physical Society Division of Solid State Physics records of Roman Smoluchowski, 1943-1947.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

American Physical Society Ohio Section records of the Central Ohio Physics Club, 1926-1946.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

APS Office of the Treasurer records of George B. Pegram, 1926-1957.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Arthur J. Dempster papers [microform], 1945-1950.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Charles C. Lauritsen papers, 1927-1977 (bulk 1946-1973).

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Elizabeth A. Wood letters, invitations and a photo, sent to Wood concerning Max von Laue, Paul Peter Ewald, C. J. Davisson, and Karl K. Darrow, 1951-1977.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Elmer Hutchisson papers, 1919-1982.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

F. W. Loomis papers, 1920-1976.

University Archives

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

Francis Bitter papers, 1925-1967.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Ivar Waller papers, circa 1912-1989.

Centrum för Vetenskapshistoria

Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademien

Stockholm, Sweden

John Clarke Slater papers, 1908-1976.

Library

American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Karl K. Darrow Physics Today obituary

Lawrence Cranberg papers, 1962-2000.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Lillian Hoddeson papers, 1904-2001.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Norman Ricker papers, 1914-1956.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview Addison Hughson White, 1976 September 30.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Dean E. Wooldridge, 1976 August 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Eugene Paul Wigner, 1981 January 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Foster Cary Nix, 1975 June 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Frederick Seitz, 1982 October 6 and 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Gerald Leondus Pearson, 1976 August 23 and 8 April 1980.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Leon H. Fisher and Robert N. Varney, 2008 July 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Maurice Mandel Shapiro, 1978 May 30.

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

Oral history interview with Robert S. Shankland, 1974 August 20 and 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Robert Serber, 1967 February 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Sidney Millman, 1974 August 2, September 13 and 1975 August 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Willard Frank Libby, 1979 April 12 and 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with William Shockley, 1974 September 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with William W. Havens, 1991 February 21, July 17, 29, Augut 5, 12 and 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Philip Morse papers, 1927-1980.

Institute Archives and Special Collections

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.I.T. Libraries, Rm. 14N-118, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

Reviews of Modern Physics correspondence of John Torrence Tate, 1928.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Selected papers [sound recording], 1967.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Weekly Broadcasts, 1941-1943.

Library

American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

William Francis Gray Swann papers, 1903-1962.

Library

American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Published Resources

Author

Atomic energy

Classified list of published bibliographies in physics, 1910-1922

Electrical phenomena in gases

Elementare einführung in die physikalische statistik, insbesondere in die theorie des metallischen zustandes

Elementare Einführung in die Quantenmechanik ...

Elementare Einführung in die Wellenmechanik

Introduction to contemporary physics

La synthèse des ondes et des corpuscules

Nuclear fission

Physical science and human values : a symposium

Some contemporary advances in physics

Some contemporary advances in physics : XIV introduction to wave mechanics

The Nobel laureates

The renaissance of physics

Vvednie v volnovuiu mekhaniku Shrëdingera