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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, was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He attended the California Institute of Technology, earning a BS in 1928, MS in 1929, and PhD in 1932 in physics. Evans came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1934 as an assistant professor of physics, establishing the first course in nuclear physics in the United States. He became an associate professor in 1938 and a professor in 1945. In 1972, he established the Radioactivity Center, one of the first multidisciplinary centers at MIT. Evans served as director of the center 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 whole human blood. 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, including measuring radioactivity in the body and its effects on human health and using radioactive isotopes for medical purposes. Evans wrote the 1955 textbook, The Atomic Nucleus, and more than 200 articles and book chapters.


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

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