Keith A. Brueckner (1924-2014), a theoretical physicist, worked in academia and as a consultant to government and industry.
His research focused on many-body theory and laser fusion. Throughout his career, Brueckner consulted with numerous federal
and private agencies on research related to national defense. The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports,
financial records, contracts and proposals, notes and calculations, lectures, itineraries, and calendars. Administrative materials,
such as memoranda, financial records, and itineraries relating to Brueckner's responsibilities at UC San Diego and KMS, form
the largest parts of the collection.
Keith Allen Brueckner was born in Minneapolis on March 19, 1924. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from the University
of Minnesota in 1945 and 1947 and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1950. Brueckner's career
as a theoretical physicist was divided between academia, industry, and service to the U.S. government, serving the roles of
teacher, administrator, researcher, and consultant. His research focused on many-body physics and laser fusion.