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Guide to the Papers of Charles F. Richter, 1839-1984
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Description
This collection documents the life of physicist Charles F. Richter, who focused on geophysics and seismology. He is best known as the seismologist who developed the magnitude scale that bears his name. The papers consist of correspondence with professional organizations, manuscript material, lecture notes, technical notes, and Richter's own collection of science fiction publications.
Background
Charles Francis Richter was born April 26, 1900 on a farm near Hamilton, Ohio. His parents divorced when he was young and his mother resumed her maiden name, Richter. In 1909 the family moved to Los Angeles. Richter entered the University of Southern California (USC) at the age of sixteen and after one year transferred to Stanford, where he received his bachelor's degree in physics in 1920. He completed his schooling at Caltech, earning a PhD in theoretical physics in 1928.
Extent
15 linear feet
Restrictions
Copyright may not have been assigned to the California Institute of Technology Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the California Institute of Technology Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
The collection is open for research. Researchers must apply in writing for access.