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Sopka, Katherine Russell

Overview
Works: 33 works in 114 publications in 1 language and 666 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
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Most widely held works by Katherine Russell Sopka
Physics for a new century : papers presented at the 1904 St. Louis congress( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quantum physics in America : the years through 1935 by Katherine Russell Sopka( Book )

8 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quantum physics in America, 1920-1935 by Katherine Russell Sopka( Book )

12 editions published between 1976 and 1980 in English and Undetermined and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of modern physics, 1800-1950( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American physics in transition : a history of conceptual change in the late 19th century( Book )

1 edition published in 1983 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with Margaret Law by Margaret E Law( )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oral history interview with Janet Brown Guernsey by Janet Brown Guernsey( )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early life and family background in Pittsburgh; elementary and secondary education at Germantown Friends School. Decision to attend Wellesley College as physics major. Discussion of college, 1931-1935; subsequent marriage. Return to Wellesley as instructor, 1942-1945. After WWII stayed on at Wellesley while attending graduate program at Harvard, 1945-1948. Work toward Ph. D. at MIT, 1948-1955. Role of home life, husband, her five children. Evaluation of Wellesley, personal research. History of American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), role as officer and president, 1973-1977. Reflections on physics teaching and women in physics. Also prominently mentioned are: Bennett, Niels Henrik David Bohr, Clarence M. Brown, Clark Goodman, William Guernsey, Ted Hunt, Allen King, Louise McDowell, Helen Russell, Al Wattenberg; Baldwin School, Eastern Association of Physics Teachers, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Rockefeller Generator
Oral history interview with Sheldon Glashow by Sheldon L Glashow( )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Glashow discusses his early years as a student at Harvard and some of his experiences as a professor of physics there
Oral history interview with Harry Rowe Mimno by Harry Rowe Mimno( )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interview concentrates on the history of the physics department at Harvard University. Topics discussed include: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Radcliffe College; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; early radio broadcasting; National Electrical Code
Oral history interview with Paul Buck by Paul Herman Buck( )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interview concentrates on the history of the physics department at Harvard University, and discusses: the department's relationship with the department of history; appointments to the department; movement of the cyclotron to Los Alamos; development of a general education program in science. Harvard personnel discussed include: J.H. Van Vleck, John Slater, Ted Kemble, Kenneth Bainbridge, Roger Hickman, Gerry Holton, Bernard Cohen, James Bryant Conant, Harlow Shapley, George David Birkhoff, P.W. Bridgman, Edward Purcell, Julian Schwinger, I.I. Rabi, Wendell Furry
Oral history interview with Edward M. Purcell by Edward M Purcell( )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This interview is primarily focused on Purcell's life and work at Harvard University, which includes a description of his life there as a graduate student in the 1930s; recollections about older professors Black, Bainbridge, Bridgman, Hall, Kemble, Lyman, Saunders, and Van Vleck; work on new cyclotron with Bainbridge leading to Ph. D.; World War II years at MIT Radiation Laboratory leading to NMR work with Pound, Torrey and Bloembergen; description of 100,000 volt storage battery in the basement of Lyman Laboratory
Oral history interview with Robert V. Pound by Robert V Pound( )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this interview Robert Pound discusses topics such as: family background and childhood; Harvard University department of physics; undergraduate work at the University of Buffalo; Submarine Signal Company; microwave radar; Radiation Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during World War II; Henry Torrey; Ed Purcell; Ewen Fletcher; Emory Chaffee; Nicolaas Bloembergen; nuclear magnetic resonance; quadrupole moments; crystal fields; I.I. Rabi; ionic crystals; George Watkins; Christopher Dean; Mossbauer effect; E. Bright Wilson; Zeeman effect; K.T. Bainbridge; Office of Naval Research; National Science Foundation (NSF); Edwin H. Land
Oral history interview with Edward Mills Purcell by Edward M Purcell( )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early life in Illinois; B.S. from Purdue University under Karl Lark-Horovitz, 1929-1933. Visit to Technische Hochschule in Karlsruhe. Theoretical and experimental work and teaching at Harvard University, 1934-1941, under Emory L. Chaffee, Kenneth T. Bainbridge, John Van Vleck. World War II research on radar at MIT Radiation Laboratory, 1941-1946. Return to Harvard; teaching, nuclear magnetic resonance and 21-cm line research. Discusses government consulting work, 1950-1970, especially President's Science Advisory Committee, American Physical Society presidency; teaching at Harvard. Interests in astrophysics, developing physics curricula. Also prominently mentioned are: Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge, Felix Bloch, Bobby Cutler, Robert Henry Dicke, Edwards, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harold Ewen, Ferry, William Francis Giauque, William Webster Hansen, Malcolm Hebb, Ted Hunt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Fritz Leonhart, Dunlap McNair, Otto Oldenburg, Jan Hendrik Oort, Wolfgang Pauli, Robert V. Pound, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Norman Foster Ramsey, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Schnabel, Julian R. Schwinger, Francis Eugene Simon, Charles Steinmetz, Henry Torrey, Hendrik Christoffell van de Hulst, John Von Neumann, Isidor Walerstein, Walter Witzel, Hubert J. Yearian, Jerrold Reinach Zacharias; Bell System Technical Journal, Great Britain Royal Air Force Coastal Command, Radio Research Laboratory, Illinois Southeastern Telephone Co., Killian Committee, Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, National Academy of Sciences, Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden, Unitarian Church, United States Office of Naval Research, University of California at Berkeley, and Voice of America
Oral history interview with Sidney Coleman by Sidney Coleman( )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Coleman shares his recollections and perspective on the development of physics at Harvard since he arrived there in 1961
Oral history interview with Nicolaas Bloembergen by N Bloembergen( )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this interview, Nicolaas Bloembergen discusses the history of the Harvard University physics department. Topics discussed include: Otto Oldenberg; Abraham Pais; Edward M. Purcell; nuclear magnetic radiance; Julian Schwinger; University of Leiden; Harvard University Division of Engineering and Applied Physics; Eli Yablonovitch
Oral history interview with Arthur M. Jaffe by Arthur Jaffe( )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Jaffe discusses his perspective on developments in physics at Harvard since he came there as an Assistant Professor in 1967. This interview was done in the interest of compiling a history of the Harvard University Physics Dept. in the mid-20th century
Oral history interview with Edwin Kemble by Edwin C Kemble( )

3 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Kemble shares his recollections of trends and events which have shaped the history of the Dept. of Physics at Harvard University in recent decades. His long association dates back to 1913 when he entered the University as a graduate student
Oral history interview with Dorothy Walcott Weeks by Dorothy Walcott Weeks( )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Family background, education, and emergence of scientific orientation. Undergraduate years at Wellesley College, 1912-1916; description of physics department. Assistant examiner in U.S. Patent Office during World War I. At MIT under Edwin B. Wilson as graduate student and laboratory assistant, lab instructor, 1920-1924. Returned to MIT for doctoral work in 1928. Mathematical physics thesis under Norbert Wiener, while teaching at Wellesley. Depression years brought teaching position at Wilson College, 1930-1943; used Wellesley as model. Work on Zeeman Pattern earns her Guggenheim Fellowship at MIT and European labs, 1949-1950. World War II years as head of Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD British Report Section). Return to Wilson, 1945-1956, working part-time at National Science Foundation, 1953-1956. Retirement years, including affiliation with U.S. Army and spectroscopic work at Harvard College Observatory. Comments on women in physics in U.S., her own opportunities and teaching in general. Also prominently mentioned are: Pauline Morrow Austin, Louisa Eyre, George Harrison, Louise McDowell, Ethelbert D. Warfield, Edwin Bidwell Wilson; American Association of University Professors, American Physical Society, Jordan Marsh Co., Massachusetts Institute of Technology Spectroscopy Laboratory, Radcliffe College, State University of New York at Binghamton, United States National Bureau of Standards, United States Office of Scientific Research and Development, and United States Ordnance Materials Research Office
Oral history interview with Kenneth Bainbridge by Kenneth T Bainbridge( )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This interview includes information on Kenneth Bainbridge's pre-Harvard education and postdoctoral experience; pre- World War II work at Harvard with students and in building of the cyclotron; wartime work on radar in the U.S. and Britain; more to the Manhattan Project and responsibility for Trinity test site; return to Harvard and start of new cyclotron building. Session two describes Bainbridge's return to Harvard after his time in Los Alamos. His first task was the construction of a new cyclotron. He also helped to get the Physics Department back into prominence, attracting and retaining (or not) colleagues who had been doing war work. Examples of the former are Purcell and Ramsey and of the latter, R.R. Wilson. Bainbridge describes his time as department chairman, setting up the Loeb Lectureship which persists to this day. A notable event of the 1950s is the ordeal of Wendell Furry, a colleague who was called before the House Committee on Un-American Activities. Harvard and Furry's colleagues stood by him but his life was unalterably changed
Oral history interview with Michael Tinkham by Michael Tinkham( )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This interview was done in the interest of compiling a history of the Harvard University Physics Department in the mid-20th century. Dr. Tinkham shares his recollections and perspectives on the developments within the department since he arrived there in 1966
 
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American physics in transition : a history of conceptual change in the late 19th century
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Katherine Sopka Amerikaans natuurkundige (?-2009)

Katherine Sopka science interviewer and historian of physics

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English (80)