Jan Michael Minkowski papers
The papers have been artificially arranged into four series - Series I: Student Papers; Series II: Course Material; Series III: Carlyle Barton Laboratory; Series IV: Writings. Whenever possible, Dr. Minkowski's files have been left intact and his subject headings retained. The bulk of the material devoted to classes taught at the University has been grouped by course title and arranged chronologically. Most of the collection is in English with the exception of Dr. Minkowski's student paper from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (E.T.H.) which are in German. One part of the collection, Series 2 Box 7, will remain closed because of the private nature of student work and recommendations for students prepared by Dr. Minkowski.
Final items in the collection are specific to Dr. Minkowski's laboratory work: slides, quartz tapers, beryl tapers, sapphire tapers, S-band window, maser crystals, and other unidentified crystals and metals.
A complete listing of items in the collection can be found in the Container list.
- Minkowski, Jan Michael, 1916-1991 (Person)
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Collection is open for use except for Box 7; these files contain student records, which are subject to FERPA restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
10.97 Cubic Feet (7 record center cartons, 4 legal size document boxes, 1 custom box (14 x 10.5 x 4 inches))
Minkowski worked for a time for the YMCA in Germany aiding other displaced persons and those recently liberated from concentration camps. When he was able to collect the proper personal documentation, he left for Switzerland. In 1946, he was admitted to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (E.T.H.) Department of Mathematics and Physics. Minkowski studied experimental physics with Professor Paul Scherrer and theoretical physics with the Nobel Prize recipient, Wolfgang Pauli. In 1949, Minkowski received the degree of Diplomierter Physiker from the E.T.H. and stayed on for the following year as an assistant at the Institute for Theoretical Physics.
In 1950, Minkowski emigrated to the United States and became a member of the research division of the Erie Resistor Corporation in Erie, PA. In 1951, he came to Baltimore and joined the Radiation Laboratory (later the Carlyle Barton Laboratory) of The Johns Hopkins University. In 1961, he was appointed lecturer in the Electrical Engineering Department (now the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) of the University. He completed his Ph.D. at JHU in 1963. He was appointed associate professor in 1981. He taught courses in quantum optics and optical information processes until his retirement in 1987 at which time he became Professor Emeritus. Dr. Minkowski's later research included the border area between information theory and quantum theory. He was the owner of 7 patents and the author of more than 30 journal articles. Jan Minkowski died February 5, 1991.
- Carlyle Barton Laboratory
- College teachers
- Courant, Richard, 1888-1972
- Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule
- Electrical engineering
- Electrical engineers
- G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Gonseth, Ferdinand, 1890-1975
- Johns Hopkins University. Department of Electrical Engineering
- Johns Hopkins University. Radiation Laboratory
- Laboratory notebooks
- Minkowski, Jan Michael, 1916-1991
- Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958
- Pfluger, Albert, 1907-
- Quantum electronics
- Quantum optics
- Solid state physics
- Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951
- Stiefel, Eduard L., 1909-
- United States
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