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Archival as SubjectPublished as Subject

R. H. Kent

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Dates

July 1, 1886 – February 3, 1961

Authorized Form of Name

Kent, R. H. (Robert Harrington), 1886-1961

Additional Forms of Names

Kent, Robert Harrington, 1886-1961

Biography

Abstract

Robert Harrington Kent was a Consultant and Ordnance Engineer, Aberdeen Proving Ground, United States Army (1922-1961). Other institutional affiliations included the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. His research interests included ballistics and shell design.

Important Dates

July 1, 1886Birth, Meriden (Conn.).

1910Obtained AB, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1910 – 1916Assistant in Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1916Obtained AM, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1916 – 1917Electrical Engineer, University of Pennsylvania.

1917 – 1922Captain (1917-1919) and Ordnance Engineer, Office of the Chief of Ordnance (1919-1922), United States Army.

1922 – 1961Ordnance Engineer, Ballistics Research Laboratories (1922-1956) and Consultant (1956-1961), Aberdeen Proving Ground, United States Army, Aberdeen (Md.).

1951Member, National Academy of Sciences.

February 3, 1961Death.

Occupation

Applied physicist.

Places

Birth

Meriden (Conn.)

Undergraduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Cambridge (Mass.)

Aberdeen (Md.)

Subjects

Applied physics and engineering.

Ballistics.

Military research.

Relationships

People

Colleagues

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

Both employed at Harvard University.

Lyman, Theodore, 1874-1954

Both employed at Harvard University.

Pierce, George Washington, 1872-1956

Both employed at Harvard University.

Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976

Both employed at Harvard University.

Additional

Critchfield, Charles Louis, 1910-

Lauritsen, Charles Christian, 1892-1968

Schwarzschild, Martin

Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957

Institutions

Major Positions

Aberdeen Proving Ground (Md.)

Ordnance Engineer, Ballistics Research Laboratories and Consultant.

Harvard University. Department of Physics

Obtained AB (1910) and AM (1916). Assistant in Physics.

United States. Army

Captain.

United States. Army. Ordnance Department

Ordnance Engineer, Office of the Chief of Ordnance.

University of Pennsylvania. School of Engineering and Applied Science

Electrical Engineer.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

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

John Von Neumann papers, 1912-1996 (bulk 1935-1957).

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

Oral history interview with Charles L. Critchfield, 1987 May 29.

Charles Babbage Institute. Center for the History of Computing

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Oral history interview with Martin Schwarzchild, 1986 Nov. 18.

Charles Babbage Institute. Center for the History of Computing

University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA

Published Resources

Subject

"Robert Harrington Kent: 1886-1961", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences.

Robert H. Kent Physics Today obituary.