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History of Science, Technology, & Medicine

Sample Collections in the Bancroft Library

Melvin Calvin Papers

Melvin Calvin (1911-1997) was Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the bio-organic chemistry group at the Lawrence Radiation National Laboratory. Calvin received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1961 for identifying the path of carbon in photosynthesis. His papers include correspondence, manuscripts, grant proposals, travel files, and course materials. Also includes materials regarding Calvin's service on U.S. government  advisory boards including the Office of Science and Technology (OST), the President's Science Advisory Committee (PSAC), and the Energy Research Advisory Board (ERAB) of the U.S. Department of Energy.

BANC MSS 91/50 c


Emil Fischer Papers

Emil Fischer (1852-1919) was a German biochemist. His papers include correspondence; manuscripts; reprints of his writings; subject files relating to his research and to work during World War I, and to professional activities; laboratory notebooks, his own and those of his students; clippings; photographs; and certificates of election or appointment to scientific societies.

BANC MSS 71/95 z


Yuan T. Lee Papers

Yuan T. Lee was a professor in the Chemistry Department at U.C. Berkeley and is best known for his work on the use of chemical kinetic techniques to investigate and manipulate the behavior of chemical reactions involving relative large molecules by using crossed molecular beams. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1986. HIs papers contain correspondence, organizational files, research proposals and reports that chronicle his career at U.C. Berkeley, and his numerous professional activities and contributions outside of the university. 

BANC MSS 90/134 c