Arthur F. Davidsen papers
This collection of papers represents the professional scientific career of Arthur F. Davidsen, including his research data, lecture and teaching materials, and professional correspondence. Davidsen's papers also include proposals to NASA for the development of telescope instruments, and record his efforts to establish the Space Telescope Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University. The collection spans 1950 to 2001.
- Davidsen, Arthur Falnes, 1944-2001 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
52.5 Cubic Feet (42 record center cartons)
Biographical / Historical
In 1977, Davidsen used a remote-controlled, rocket-borne telescope and spectrometer launched from the White Sands Missile Range, and obtained the first ultraviolet spectrum of an object beyond the Earth's galaxy - the quasar 3C273. Davidsen was an involved member of the scientific community, serving on a variety of committees for space research, both nationally and abroad. Largely due to his efforts from 1979 to 1981, the Space Telescope Science Institute was built on the Johns Hopkins University campus, situating Johns Hopkins as a center for space research. He subsequently served from 1982 to 1990 on the Space Telescope Institute Council of the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), which manages the Institute under a NASA contract, and until 1992 on the AURA Board of Directors. To promote the further development of astrophysics at JHU, Davidsen also formed the Center for Astrophysical Sciences in 1985 and served as its first director. Following the launch of the Hubble telescope in 1990, he served for two years as the first chairman of the Space Telescope Users Committee.
Professor Davidsen was the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society in 1979 and a Johns Hopkins University Presidential Citation in 1991. He authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific articles and he lectured at many of the nation's top research universities and institutes.
Scope and Contents
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA