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Richard David Present Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1576

This collection contains the manuscript of Richard David Present's book, Kinetic Theory of Gases, reprints of journal articles by Present and other physicists, and class notes from Physics classes taught by Present at the University of Tennessee.

Dates

  • 1931-1978
  • Majority of material found within 1946-1978

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 Special Collections.

Extent

13.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains the manuscript of Richard David Present's book, Kinetic Theory of Gases, reprints of journal articles by Present and other physicists, and class notes from Physics classes taught by Present at the University of Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard David Present was a distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 1969 to 1983. Present received his PhD from Harvard University in 1935. He was an instructor in physics at Purdue University from 1935 to 1940 and a physicist at Columbia University Division of War Research, Manhattan Project, 1943-1946. He served as a consultant to the Clinton National Laboratory (which later became Oak Ridge National Laboratory) from 1946-1948. He was selected as a fellow for the Institute of International Education in Paris from 1937-1938. Present died in 1983.

Present published over forty articles and one book, Kinetic Theory of Gases. His research concerned molecular quantum theory, nuclear theory, kinetic theory of gases, intermolecular forces, and liquid state.

Arrangement

Collection consists of nine boxes.

Acquisition Note

Mrs. Thelma Present donated these papers to the University of Tennessee's Special Collections Library in September of 1988.

Repository Details

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

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