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David B. Nicodemus Papers, 1945-1989

Collection Overview

Title: David B. Nicodemus Papers, 1945-1989

Predominant Dates: 1945-1960

ID: MSS Nicodemus

Primary Creator: Nicodemus, David Bowman

Extent: 0.25 cubic feet

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Nicodemus Papers pertain to David B. Nicodemus physics research at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Stanford University, and Oregon State College and to his childhood in Japan as the son of missionary parents.

Scope and Content Notes

The David B. Nicodemus Papers consist of Nicodemus' Ph.D. dissertation, "The Average X-ray Energy Expended in Forming an Ion pair in Argon"; reprints of publications that he authored or co-authored, 1948-1958; a 1958 manuscript, "Scattering of 14.5 Mev Neutrons by Complex Nuclei" with photographs; the 1949 M.S. thesis of Melvin G. Nielsen, "Neutron Polarization in a Single Iron Crystal", whom Nicodemus advised at Stanford University; correspondence between Nicodemus and other physicists, including Felix Bloch, regarding his research; and a reprint of a 1960 publication by Curtis G. Chezem, one of Nicodemus' Ph.D. students at Oregon State College. The Nicodemus Papers also include a booklet commemorating the 40th anniversary reunion (in 1985) of scientists who worked at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory and "The Kingdom of the Lark, A Small Boy's World: 1913-1924" by Richard A. Faust, a boyhood friend of Nicodemus, about growing up in Sendai, Japan.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Professor David B. Nicodemus was a physicist at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory from 1943 to 1946. He went to Los Alamos from Stanford University with physicists Hans Staub and Felix Bloch. After earning his Ph.D. in 1946 from Stanford University, Nicodemus taught at that institution for four years and continued working with Bloch and Staub on their low energy nuclear program. In 1950, Nicodemus joined Oregon State College's Physics Department. He later served as Acting Dean of Science in 1965-1966 and was Dean of Faculty from 1966 until his retirement in 1986. Dean Nicodemus died in Corvallis, Oregon, on June 19, 1999. The son of missionary parents, Nicodemus was born in Kobe, Japan, and lived in Sendai as a child and youth until he came to the United States in the early 1930s for college.

Administrative Information

Related Materials: The Department of Physics Records (RG 037) include records of research performed by Nicodemus and his students at Oregon State University. Additional biographical information is available in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC).

Preferred Citation: David B. Nicodemus Papers (MSS Nicodemus), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Nicodemus, David Bowman

People, Places, and Topics

Bloch, Felix, 1905-
Faust, Richard A.
History of Science
Kingdom of the lark.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Missions-- Japan.
Nicodemus, David Bowman
Nicodemus, David Bowman--Correspondence.
Nuclear physics.
Physics--Study and teaching (Higher)
University History

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