Papers of Bruno Zimm, inventor, educator, and polymer DNA scientist. Professor of chemistry and biochemistry at University
of California, San Diego, from 1960 to 1991 and professor emeritus after his retirement in 1991. Zimm is known for his work
on understanding the fundamental physical and chemical properties of DNA. His theoretical models helped discover how to measure
the size of DNA molecules and their propensity. The papers include numerous scientific articles published in polymer science
and biophysical chemistry journals and extensive collection of research influenced subject files. The materials also document
his early scientific career with General Electric Company, grant project investigations, and teaching materials in the Department
of Chemistry, which he helped establish in 1960. Additionally the papers include correspondence, laboratory research notebooks,
and biographical materials.
Born in Woodstock, New York, on October 31, 1920, Bruno Hasbrouck Zimm grew up in an artistic household with his father, a
sculptor and his mother, a writer. His education began at Columbia University, where he earned a bachelor's degree of science
in 1941, followed by a master's in 1943, and a Ph.D. in 1944, the latter was under the direction of theoretical chemical physicist,
Joseph Mayer, with Zimm's thesis on the vapor pressures of alkali halides and lattice energies. Toward the end of World War
II, Zimm participated in war-related research on light scattering by smokes under Victor K. LaMer.
7.60 linear feet
(19 archives boxes)
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