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Karl G. Zimmer Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0839

This collection houses the collected papers of German physicist Karl Günter Zimmer. These papers consist primarily of reprints of 121 articles and chapters written by K.G. Zimmer and various co-authors in German, Russian, French, or English. These documents were originally housed in eight binders and indexes to the contents of these binders can be found in folders 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. Folders 12 thorough 16 contain unbound pages from three books, and folder 17 contains a single bound book.

Dates

  • 1933-1962

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses the collected papers of German physicist Karl Günter Zimmer. These papers consist primarily of reprints of 121 articles and chapters written by K.G. Zimmer and various co-authors in German, Russian, French, or English. These documents were originally housed in eight binders and indexes to the contents of these binders can be found in folders 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11. Folders 12 thorough 16 contain unbound pages from three books, and folder 17 contains a single bound book.

Biographical/Historical Note

Karl Günter Zimmer was born in Germany on July 12, 1911. After obtaining his Ph.D degree in 1934, he began working as an advisor in radiotheraputic physics in a radiological hospital and as an employee of the Auer Society in order to support himself financially. He completed most of his theoretical work, however, at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut fuer Hirnforschung (brain research) in Berlin. Comparatively early in his career, he, N.W. Timofeeff-Ressovsky, and M. Delbrueck published Über die Natur der Genmutation und der Genstrucktur (also known as the Green Pamphletor the Three-men-paper), which is now considered a major advance in the understanding of gene structure. Zimmer continued to work in Germany throughout World War II. After the war ended, he and several other scientists (including Timofeeff-Ressovsky and Alexander Catsch), were taken prisoner by the Russian Army and deported to the U.S.S.R., where they remained for the next ten years. After his release in 1955, Zimmer worked for the Swedish Forest Research Institute at Stockholm and for the German Nuclear Research Center at Karlsruhe, both of which benefited from his insights and from his ability to exploit modest means to their fullest that he had learned in the U.S.S.R. Karl Zimmer died in Germany on February 29, 1988.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single box.

Acquisition Note

Dr. Alexander Hollaender arranged for these papers to be deposited in Special Collections.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480