SIA Acc. 10-026, Field, George B. 1929-, George B. Field Papers, c. 1955-2004

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This accession consists of materials documenting the professional career of theoretical astrophysicist George B. Field. Field's research interests include turbulent motion, dyanamo theory, public space policy, and the history and future of astronomy. In addition to serving as a visiting professor at many universities, Field has taught at Princeton University, 1957-1965; University of California, Berkeley, 1965-1972; and Harvard University, 1972- . Field also served as Director of both the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) from 1973 through 1982. CfA is a collaboration between SAO and Harvard College Observatory. Upon resigning from his directorships, Field took the position of Senior Research Fellow at SAO and continued to teach at Harvard. Materials include correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, reprints of Field's papers, lecture materials, research files, biographical materials, notes, calculations, and related materials.


  • Field, George B. 1929-
  • Harvard College Observatory
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Princeton University
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • University of California, Berkeley


  • Electronic List in accession file.
  • Folder List in accession file.


Organized into subseries: 1) Correspondence and Subject Files; 2) Reprints and Manuscripts; 3) Conference Proceedings and Notes; 4) Scientific Notes and Research

Repository Loc.

Smithsonian Institution Archives Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520


  • 1955
  • 1955-2004
  • c 1955-2004

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Restricted until donor's death, Transferring office; 1/4/1984 Deed of Gift; Contact reference staff for details


  • Astronomy and state
  • Astrophysicists
  • Astrophysics
  • Study and teaching
  • Dynamo theory (Cosmic physics)
  • History
  • Astronomy
  • Physics
  • Astronomy--History
  • Astronomy--Study and teaching
  • Physics--Research


  • Manuscripts
  • Collection descriptions

Local number

SIA Acc. 10-026

Physical description

9.5 cu. ft. (9 record storage boxes) (1 document box)

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