Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004
Fred Lawrence Whipple Papers, 1948-2000
Fred Lawrence Whipple (1906-2004), an astronomer, received the B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1927, and the Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1931. In 1932, he joined the staff of Harvard University as an Instructor of Astronomy. By 1950, Whipple had received the title of Professor and Chairman of the Department of Astronomy at Harvard. Whipple was appointed Director of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) when it moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1955. After his retirement in 1973, Whipple continued his research as a Senior Scientist at SAO.
This accession includes Whipple's Curriculum Vitae, correspondence, materials regarding his work in comet work groups and committees, proposals, reports, technical notes and memos, and journal articles.
For related materials please see Record Unit 7431 and accessions 03-137 and 04-183.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
- Harvard University
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of California, Berkeley
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 05-044, Fred Lawrence Whipple Papers