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Robley Dunglison Evans papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0080

Scope and Contents

Records of Robley Evans's activities as a member of the faculty at MIT include lecture notes and information about his research into radioactivity standards. There is a set of progress reports from the MIT Clinical Research Center. Also included are committee records, reports, and chapter information from the Health Physics Society during Evans's years as president,1972-1973. A manuscript of his book The Atomic Nucleus and copies of his articles are also included.


  • 1928 - 1980


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Biographical note

Robley Dunglison Evans, 1907-1995, B.S. 1928, M.S. 1929, Ph.D. 1932 in physics, California Institute of Technology, came to the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology in 1934 as an assistant professor of physics, where he began the first course in nuclear physics in the United States. He became associate professor in 1938 and professor in 1945. He established the Radioactivity Center, one of the first multidisciplinary centers at MIT, in 1935, directing it until his retirement in 1972.

His 1930s study of thyroid function using radiotracers led to the establishment of the nuclear medicine program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He helped develop techniques to preserve human whole blood, and under his direction the MIT cyclotron was the first to be applied to medicine. He was one of the first to investigate the effects of radium on human beings. He was awarded the Enrico Fermi Prize in 1990 for pioneering work in nuclear medicine, in measurements of radioactivity in the body and its effects on human health, and in the use of radioactive isotopes for medical purposes. Evans wrote more than 200 articles and book chapters and the 1955 textbook The Atomic Nucleus.


210 Cubic Feet (193 record cartons, 10 manuscript boxes, 6 media boxes)

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