Guide to the Geophysical Research Letters editorial files, 1985-1988 MS 041
Alexander J. (A.J.) Dessler earned a B.S. in Physics from Caltech and a PhD in Physics from Duke University before spending seven years in Space Physics research at Lockheed Missile and Space Company. He then became a professor of Space Physics and Astronomy at Rice University, where he would remain for the next 26 years. He was selected as the chairman of Rice’s Space Physics and Astronomy department, making him founder of the nation’s first Space Science department. He was also named Manager of Campus Business Affairs in 1974. Dessler was a very popular professor at Rice and he taught his classes using the Keller method, a teaching method on which he led several conferences. Dessler was appointed President of the Universities Space Research Consortium and he was also appointed to the Space Science and Technology Panel of President Nixon’s Science Advisory Committee (1972). He also served as the Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Space Physics (1965-1969), JGR-SP (1969-1974), and the Geophysical Research Letters (1986-1988). He was also named Space Advisor to the Executive Secretary of the National Aeronautics and Space Council; furthermore, he served as Director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center’s space lab for four years. Dessler was awarded with the John Adam Fleming Medal for original research and technical leadership in science in 1993.
This collection contains the editorial files of this journal during the editorship of Alexander J. Dessler (Space Science Dept., Rice University). It includes manuscripts of articles, referees’ reports, correspondence, office files, and more. This journal sought to publish “short, urgent communications of high scientific quality in the field of geophysics” and papers submitted were read by several highly-qualified scientists who then accepted the paper for publication, remitted it to the author(s) for editing, or simply rejected it. The collection contains separate files for each entry submitted, all correspondence with authors, and papers that were both accepted and rejected.
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Geophysical Research Letters editorial files, 1985-1988, MS 41, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
This collection was a gift donated by A.J. Dessler in July of 1989.
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