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George Hevesy Scientific Correspondence


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Ahlstrøm to Böhm

Bohr, Margrethe and Niels

Bonhoeffer to Donnan

Eddington to Furth

Gaddum to Guenther

Haber to Junge-Hülsing

Kamen to Meitner

Menkin to Ottesen

Paneth, 1912 to 1920

Paneth, 1921 to April 1925

Paneth, May 1925 to 1935

Paneth, 1936 to 27 November 1948

Paneth, 31 November 1948 to 1962

Parnas to Pryce-Jones

Rayleigh to Rutherford

Sanyal to Zotterman

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Title: George Hevesy Scientific Correspondence, 1910-1966Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 01/02/001

Primary Creator: Hevesy, George (1885-1966)

Extent: 11.0 Boxes


Alphabetical after correspondent, then chronological.

The collection consists of 11 boxes, in part photocopied from other collections.

The photocopies come from Dirk Coster Correspondence, Groningen; Kasimir Fajans Correspondence, SPKB, Berlin; James Franck Correspondence, Chicago; Lise Meitner Correspondence, Cambridge; Stefan Meyer Correspondence, Austria; Meyerhof Correspondence, BSC supplement NBA, Copenhagen; Fritz Paneth Papers, Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft,  Berlin-Dahlem: Ernest Rutherford Correspondence, Cambridge; Johannes Stark Correspondence, SPKB, Berlin.

The entire collection is microfilmed (16 microfilms).  The Finding Aid describes the microfilmed version of the collection, available at the Niels Bohr Archive.

Subjects: Aston, Francis William, Bohr, Niels, Brønsted, Johannes Nicolaus, BSC Supplement, Böhm, Jana, Chadwick, James, Coster, Dirk, Curie, Marie, Dirk Coster Correspondence, Einstein, Albert, Ernest Rutherford Correspondence, Fajans, Kasimir, First World War, Franck, James, Geiger, Hans Wilhelm, Goldschmidt, Victor Moritz, Haber, Fritz, Hafnium, Hahn, Otto, Hönigsschmidt, Otto, James Franck Correspondence, Jantzen, Valdemar Thal, Johannes Stark Correspondence, Joliot, Frédéric, Kasimir Fajans Correspondence, Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, Levi, Hilde, Lise Meitner Correspondence, Meitner, Lise, Meyer, Stefan, Meyerhof, Otto, Needham, Joseph, Niels Bohr Institute, Nishina, Yoshio, Nobel Prize, Otto Meyerhof Correspondence, Paneth, Friedrich Adolf, Parnas, Joseph K., Petterson, Hans, radioactive indicators, Robison, Robert, Rutherford, Ernest, Schoenheimer, Rudolf, Soddy, Frederick, Stark, Johannes, Stefan Meyer Correspondence, tracer technique, Urey, Harold Clayton, Venable, Francis Preston, Welsbach, Karl Auer von

Languages: German, Danish, Swedish, English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Hevesy's own collection of scientific correspondence supplemented with material from other archives, collected by Hilde Levi. Covers all aspects of his career. Approx. 1000 letters, 120 corrrespondents. Correspondents include: Francis William Aston, Karl Auer Von Welsbach, Jana Böhm, Niels Bohr, Johannes Nicolaus Brønsted, James Chadwick, Dirk Coster, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Kasimir Fajans, James Franck, Hans Wilhelm Geiger, Victor Moritz Goldschmidt, Fritz Haber, Otto Hahn, Otto Hönigsschmidt, Valdemar Thal Jantzen, Frederic Joliot, Ernest Lawrence, Hilde Levi, Lise Meitner, Stefan Meyer, Otto Meyerhof, Joseph Needham, Yoshio Nishina, Joseph K. Parnas, Hans Petterson, Robert Robison, Ernest Rutherford, Rudolf Schoenheimer, Frederick Soddy, Johannes Stark, Harold Clayton Urey, Francis Preston Venable.  The correspondence with Fritz Paneth is particularly rich.

Biographical Note

Working in Lord Rutherford's laboratory in Manchester (1913) this Hungarian-born scientist initiated the method of radioactive indicators as a tool in chemical analysis. After the First World War he spent six years at Niels Bohr's Institute in Denmark and, together with the Dutch physicist D. Coster, discovered a hitherto unknown element which was given the Latin name of Copenhagen: "Hafnium". In the 1930s Hevesy returned to Copenhagen and developed the tracer technique in biological and medical research using artificially produced radioactive isotopes. The wide applicability of this technique triggered spectacular advances in the life sciences and many other branches of science and technology. Hevesy was awarded the 1943 Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1944.

Subject/Index Terms

Aston, Francis William
Bohr, Niels
Brønsted, Johannes Nicolaus
BSC Supplement
Böhm, Jana
Chadwick, James
Coster, Dirk
Curie, Marie
Dirk Coster Correspondence
Einstein, Albert
Ernest Rutherford Correspondence
Fajans, Kasimir
First World War
Franck, James
Geiger, Hans Wilhelm
Goldschmidt, Victor Moritz
Haber, Fritz
Hahn, Otto
Hönigsschmidt, Otto
James Franck Correspondence
Jantzen, Valdemar Thal
Johannes Stark Correspondence
Joliot, Frédéric
Kasimir Fajans Correspondence
Lawrence, Ernest Orlando
Levi, Hilde
Lise Meitner Correspondence
Meitner, Lise
Meyer, Stefan
Meyerhof, Otto
Needham, Joseph
Niels Bohr Institute
Nishina, Yoshio
Nobel Prize
Otto Meyerhof Correspondence
Paneth, Friedrich Adolf
Parnas, Joseph K.
Petterson, Hans
radioactive indicators
Robison, Robert
Rutherford, Ernest
Schoenheimer, Rudolf
Soddy, Frederick
Stark, Johannes
Stefan Meyer Correspondence
tracer technique
Urey, Harold Clayton
Venable, Francis Preston
Welsbach, Karl Auer von

Administrative Information

Repository: Niels Bohr Archive

Processing Information: Contents of each item described in English on a notecard. List of correspondents and letters. Microfilmed, 16 microfilms, including 5 microfilms of Paneth correspondence from Archiv zur Geschichte der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Berlin-Dahlem.

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Browse by Microfilm:

[Microfilm 1: Ahlstrøm to Böhm],
[Microfilm 2: Bohr, Margrethe and Niels],
[Microfilm 3: Bonhoeffer to Donnan],
[Microfilm 4: Eddington to Furth],
[Microfilm 5: Gaddum to Guenther],
[Microfilm 6: Haber to Junge-Hülsing],
[Microfilm 7: Kamen to Meitner],
[Microfilm 8: Menkin to Ottesen],
[Microfilm 9: Paneth, 1912 to 1920],
[Microfilm 10: Paneth, 1921 to April 1925],
[Microfilm 11: Paneth, May 1925 to 1935],
[Microfilm 12: Paneth, 1936 to 27 November 1948],
[Microfilm 13: Paneth, 31 November 1948 to 1962],
[Microfilm 14: Parnas to Pryce-Jones],
[Microfilm 15: Rayleigh to Rutherford],
[Microfilm 16: Sanyal to Zotterman],