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David H. Frisch papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0337

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists primarily of Frisch's lecture notes and teaching materials for physics courses, from the 1950s to 1988; and correspondence, diagrams, experimental work, and reprints of Frisch's scientific work on elementary particle physics, particularly neutron and proton scattering. Also included are correspondence, research materials, photographs, and slides on the development of intravasal implants, 1976-1990. General correspondence in the collection documents topics of sustained interest to Frisch, such as nuclear disarmament, arms control, and human rights, including his role as founder and active member of the Scientists and Engineers Emigrant Fund (SEEF). Correspondence also relates to Frisch's participation in numerous organizations, such as the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), 1977-1990; the National Planning Association Arms Control Committee, 1964-1973; and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1959-1961.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1990


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Materials in this collection are open unless they are marked as restricted. Restrictions are noted in the container list.

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David Henry Frisch, 1918-1991, AB 1940, Princeton; PhD 1947, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was a professor in the MIT Department of Physics, 1948-1988. He was a specialist in the field of nuclear and elementary particle physics. Before coming to MIT, Frisch did basic research toward the development of the fusion bomb on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, NM, 1943-1945. In his later career, Frisch worked toward the development of microporous intravasal implants to be used as a reversible male contraceptive, 1976-1990


4 Cubic Feet (4 record cartons)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of David H. Frisch
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Copyright 1992
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