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Manuel Cerrillo papers

Identifier: MC-0610

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Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional activities of Manuel Cerrillo Valdivia from approximately 1950 to 1974. Materials include reports, drawings and diagrams, music scores, correspondence, lectures, notes, and research files.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1974


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This collection is open.

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Biographical Note

Manuel Cerrillo Valdivia, 1905-1987, received his PhD in electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1947. His thesis was titled “Transient Phenomena in Wave Guides.” Before his time at MIT, he was a professor and director of the Escuela Superior de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica (ESIME) in Mexico City from 1935-1937, and later the director of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) from 1939-1940. (1)

After receiving his doctorate, he worked on projects for the United States Army and Navy at MIT’s Radiation Laboratory and later the Research Laboratory of Electronics from 1947-1966. He retired from MIT in 1966 and returned to Mexico to become the director of the Instituto Nacional de la Comunicación (INAC). (2)

(1) “DIRECTORES DE LA ESIME , La Historia a Travé de Sus Directores, IPN 1868-2016.” Accessed August 31, 2020.

(2) Portal del Instituto Politecnico Nacional. “Instituto Politecnico Nacional.” Accessed August 31, 2020.


13 Cubic Feet (6 record cartons, 7 flat boxes)

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Revision Statements

  • 2020 August: Biographical note by Christopher Donnelly added.
  • 2021 November 19: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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