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Hamilton, Donald Ross, 1914-1972
Donald Ross Hamilton Papers
Manuscripts Division
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13 boxes
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-13


Conists of selected papers of Princeton physicist Donald Ross Hamilton.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of notebooks, design calculations, and computer printouts of Hamilton (Princeton Class of 1935) and several graduate students of Princeton's Atomic Beam Group.


The arrangement of the records at the time of their transfer has been retained.

Collection Creator Biography:

Hamilton, Donald Ross, 1914-1972

Donald Ross Hamilton, a nuclear physicist, was a member of the Princeton faculty for twenty-five years. He graduated with highest honors in physics from Princeton in 1935 and earned his doctorate from Columbia University in 1939. From 1942 to 1946, he was associated with high-priority World War II research projects at M.I.T.'s Radiation Laboratory and with the Sperry Gyroscope Company. Joining Princeton in 1946 as an assitant professor, he advanced to an associate professorship in 1948 and to the rank of full professor in 1955. His research activities at Princeton in nuclear physics included the theory and observation of beta decay and of angular correlations of successive nuclear radiations. In later years, he was largely concerned with atomic-beam investigations of the spins and moments of radioactive nuclei. Dr. Hamilton headed the University's Graduate School from 1958 to 1965.

Collection History


Gift of the Princeton University Physics Department. Additions purchased in 1986.


No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Donald Ross Hamilton Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
ReCAP (rcpxm): Box 1-13