Bainbridge, Kenneth T. (Kenneth Tompkins)
Harvard University Archives
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
41 cubic feet (92 document boxes, 1 folio box, 10 portfolio folders)
The Papers of Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge document his professional activities for the length of his career, including his contributions to the field of nuclear physics. The research materials, writings, and lectures contained in this collection describe his work with mass spectrographs and cyclotrons. These materials also document his thoughts as an experimenter and the details of his experiments. This collection also explains the role he played in the development of radar during World War II and outlines his supervision of the first nuclear explosion in 1945. The correspondence in these papers documents Bainbridge's interaction and collaboration with some of the leading physicists of his time and reveals how his ideas and concepts developed. Bainbridge's class notes, lecture materials, syllabi, reading lists, and other instructional materials illustrate his teaching methodology and teaching career. Moreover, this collection includes materials that describe his involvement in the development of the Harvard physics program. The biographical and social activist materials in this collection document both Bainbridge's personal and professional life and include correspondence with family members and non-scientists.