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Gerhard H. Dieke papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0349
Gerhard H. Dieke, an authority on spectroscopy and solid state physics, was born in Rheda, Germany in 1901. The collection, dated 1922 to 1963, includes some personal correspondence, letters of introduction, travel passes, notices of conferences, and a bibliography of Dr. Dieke's personal library; most items are unrelated to his teaching and research at the University.

Dates

  • 1922-1963

Creator

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Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

0.19 Cubic Feet (1 letter half-size document box)

Biographical Note

Gerhard H. Dieke, an authority on spectroscopy and solid state physics, was born in Rheda, Germany in 1901. He attended the University of Leiden, Holland and received a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California in 1926. After completing his graduate studies, he worked at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research in Tokyo and the University of Groningen in Holland. Dr. Dieke joined the Department of Physics at Johns Hopkins in 1930 as an associate professor, and he later served as chairman of the department, 1950-1965. He was recognized as one of the pioneers in investigating the structure of atoms and molecules by spectroscopic methods. Dr. Dieke's last project at Hopkins included work on the ruby laser whose high-energy beams of light could be used in both the fields of surgery and communications. In 1965, Dr. Dieke attended the Scottish Universities Summer School in Physics, and he died in Aberdeen, Scotland, August 26, 1965.

Dr. Dieke was married to fellow scientist, Sally Harrison Dieke (1913-1989) who also had ties to the University. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Hopkins in 1938 and was a Research Fellow in the History of Science, 1966-1989. Dr. Sally Dieke taught astronomy at Goucher College, Morgan State College, and the University of Maryland. Her bequest to the University included an endowment for the Gerhard H. Dieke Professorship in Physics and Astronomy, established in 1990, as a memorial to her husband.

Scope and Contents

The collection, dated 1922 to 1963, includes some personal correspondence, letters of introduction, travel passes, notices of conferences, and a bibliography of Dr. Dieke's personal library; most items are unrelated to his teaching and research at the University. Of interest are articles (published in the Evening Sun, Baltimore) written by Dr. Dieke entitled "Soviet Science and Education" written after a trip to Moscow in 1957. Final items are membership cards from scientific organizations and private clubs.

Provenance

The papers were given to the University by Sally H. Dieke in 1991. A few of the items were collected from the Physics Department after Dr. Dieke's death.

Related Materials

The Sally H. Dieke Papers (MS.0312) are available in Special Collections.

The research papers and correspondence associated with Gerhard H. Dieke'S work in the fields of spectroscopy and solid state physics are included in the Joint Committee of the American Physical Society and the American Philosophical Society on the History of Theoretical Physics in the Twentieth Century collection of the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Joan Grattan in April 1993.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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