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Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence, 1956-2007

Series II: Writing/research

Series III: Rice campus-related

Series IV: Teaching

Series V: Personal

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Alan Chapman academic papers, 1918-2007 UA 186



Title: Alan Chapman academic papers
Dates: 1918-2007
Abstract: This collection contains correspondence, research, reports, and publications, administrative materials, course notes and handouts, and personal items of Alan Chapman, the Harry S. Cameron Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University.
Identification: UA 186
Quantity: 8 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Quantity: 8 linear ft. (16 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Sketch

Alan Chapman was the Harry S. Cameron Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University and the first dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering from 1975 to 1980. Chapman graduated from Houston’s Lamar High School in 1940 and subsequently attended Rice, earning a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in just three years. He joined Rice’s faculty in 1946 after a year serving in the U.S. Navy and went on to earn his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1949 and his doctorate from the University of Illinois in 1953. He taught numerous courses, especially those focusing on thermodynamics and heat transfer. Although he formally retired in 1995, he continued to teach a class each semester until 2006, holding a record 60 years of teaching at Rice. Chapman was a five-time winner of Rice’s George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching and was awarded the George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, the school’s highest teaching award, in 1984. Chapman also served on numerous committees, including the faculty committee on athletics, chaired the Department of Mechanical Engineering three different time, and was vice president for administration for one year. He is a former president of the Southwest Conference and was also elected president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1973. Over four decades, Chapman volunteered on more than 20 standing and special committees for the NCAA and was the parliamentarian for over 30 years. Chapman’s research specialties included heat transfer and thermodynamics. His work led to the publication of twelve books on those subjects, including “Heat Transfer”, first published in 1960, which went through four editions. He is noted for playing a key role in NASA’s space program, helping develop the space radiator and space suit thermal control for Skylab, the nation’s first experimental space station, which launched in 1973. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, South Texas Section, created the Alan J. Chapman Award in 1980 to "honor an individual member who through sustained endeavor and diligent service has furthered the goals of ASME and of the profession of engineering." Engineering Alumni named Chapman its Outstanding Engineering Alumnus in 1983. His dedication was further recognized when he received the Association of Rice Alumni's Gold Medal in 1999. Chapman died at age 82 on December 4, 2007 in Houston after a long battle with cancer.

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Scope and Contents

Series I of this collection contains correspondence from 1956-2007, including correspondence regarding the publication of Chapman’s book “Heat Transfer” and revised editions. Series II contains research notes, articles, and reports, in particular those relating to collaboration with NASA on thermal equipment in space. Series III contains administrative materials from the Department of Engineering, various university councils and committees, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Series IV contains grade books, teaching notes, and class handouts for courses taught in the Department of Engineering, especially those on thermodynamics and heat transfer. Series V contains Chapman’s personal correspondence, theses, certificates, and other memorabilia.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research. Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via woodson@rice.edu or call 713-348-2586.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Alan Chapman academic papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alan Chapman academic papers, 1918-2007, UA 186, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Correspondence, 1956-2007

Box Folder
1 1 1956-62
2 Re: Heat Transfer, 1957-59
3 Re: Heat Transfer, 1960-65
4 1963-66
5 Re: Heat Transfer, 2nd edition, 1964-72
Box Folder
2 1 1969-70
2 1970-72
3 1970-73
4 Re: Heat Transfer, 3rd edition, 1970-76
5 1974-76
6 1979-80
7 1981-82
8 1982-83
9 1983-84
10 1984-85
Box Folder
3 1 1985-86
2 1986-87
3 1987-88
4 1988-89
5 1989-91
6 1992-99
7 2000-03
8 2004-07

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Series II: Writing/research

Box Folder
3 9 Offprints and articles, 1950s-80s
10 “Design of an Axially Symmetric Nozzle for Mach Number 3.60,” 1956
11 “Aerodynamic Heating Associated with Gemini Astronaut Ejection,” 1963
12 “Evaluation of the Thermally Radiant Environs of a Man on the Lunar Surface,” 1963
13 “Aerodynamic Heating Associated with Gemini Astronaut Ejection,” 1963
14 “Analysis of Temperature Distributions for Production Well Cooling in situ Combustion Processes,” 1964
15 “Effectiveness of Radiation Shields in Space Applications,” 1967
Box Folder
4 1 “Evaluation of the Thermally Radiant Environs of a Man on the Lunar Surface,” 1967
2 “Visor Thermal Analysis,” 1967
3 “Simplified Analysis of Spacecraft Thermal Effects on an Extravehicular Crewman,” 1968
4 “Simplified Analysis of the Thermal Effects of a Spacecraft on an Extra-Vehicular Crewman on the Lunar Surface,” 1969
5 “Temperature and Radiosity Distribution in a Lunar Rill and the Heat Flux Incident upon an Area Element within the Rill,” 1970
6 “Fundamental Study of Sublimation Through a Porous Surface,” 1971
7 Lunar rill article, n.d.
8 Skylab parasol notes and drafts, n.d.
9 “Effects on an Extravehicular Crewman,” n.d.
10 Articles and abstracts, n.d.
11 Notes, unidentified
12 Notes for papers

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Series III: Rice campus-related

Subseries A: General
Box Folder
5 1 Misc. events/publications
2 Curriculum vitae
3 Scholarly Interests & Activities, 1961-62, 1983, 1988-97
4 Newsclips/press, 1973, 1975, 2000
Subseries B: Departmental
Box Folder
5 5 Rice University Research Center (RURC), 1960s
6 Buildings & Grounds Dept; Superbowl; 1974
7 Civil & Mechanical Engineering Dept; Ryon Lab Building Proposal, 1963
8 Engineering Computation Dept.
9 Engineering Dept.
10 Mechanical Engineering Dept. equipment inventory, 1940s
11 Mechanical Engineering Dept. –ML Power Lab Bldg. alterations and new construction, 1983
12 Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Dept.
13 Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Dept. history
Subseries C: Departmental accreditation for Engineering program
Box Folder
6 1 Support materials for accreditation review, 1985/86-91: Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Dept.
2 Self-Study questionnaire for review of Engineering programs, Vol. 1
3 Self-Study questionnaire for review of Engineering programs, Vol. 2
4 Support materials for accreditation review, 1992: Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Dept.
5 Support materials for accreditation review, 1993; Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Dept.
6 Self-Study questionnaire for review of Engineering programs, Vol. 1, May 1993
7 Self-Study questionnaire for review of Engineering programs, Vol. 2, May 1993
Subseries D: Councils/Committees
Box Folder
7 1 Faculty Council
2 University Council, 1983-84
3 Cmte. on Future Direction of Civil Engineering & Environmental Sciences & Engineering, 1988
4 Cmte. on Intercollegiate Athletics, 1971-74, 2004
5 Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science Dept. Space Cmte., 1989-93
6 Cmte. on Outdoor Sports, 1970-71 [67]
7 Undergraduate Teaching Cmte., 1980, 1992-93
8 Ad-hoc cmte. of School of Engineering, n.d.
9 Ad-hoc cmte. of Study of Practices in Admissions, Registration, & Financial Aid, 1970-71
Subseries E: Sports
Box Folder
8 1 Southwest Conference
2 NCAA/Rice
3 NCAA, 1971
4 NCAA parliamentary procedure

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Series IV: Teaching

Box
9 Grade books
Box
10 Subseries A: Teaching notes and handouts
1 Eng 101
2 Mech 200, 1992-2006
3 Engi 200, 1968-81, 1984, 1987-89
4 Mech 200, 1997-98
5 Engi 260, 1946-47
6 Engi 270, 1946-47
7 ME 300
Box Folder
11 1 ME 300, 1940-44, 1947-54, 1957-58
2 ME 300, 1947/48-48/49
3 ME 303
4 ME 330, 1947
5 Mech 332
6 ME 340, 1950-53
7 Engi 400, 1949
8 ME 401, 1963-68
9 ME 403, 1954-63
10 Mech 404, 1971-73, 1984
11 ME 405, 1963-64
Box Folder
12 1 Mech 431, 1980s
2 Mech 471, 1970s
3 Mech 471, 1980s
4 Mech 471, 1990s
5 Mech 471, 2000s
6 Mech 471, 2000
7 Mech 471, n.d.
Box Folder
13 1 Mech 471, 1994
2 Mech 471, 2003
3 Mech 481
4 Mech 481, 1970s
5 Mech 481, 1980s
6 Mech 481, 1990s
7 Mech 482
Box Folder
14 1 Mech 490, 1973
2 Mech 491
3 ME 505, c. 1959
4 ME 523, 1955
5 ME 583, 1953-54
6 Mech 590, 1950s
7 Mech 591, 1960s
8 Mech 591, 1970s
9 Mech 591, 1980s
10 Mech 591
11 ME 683
Box Folder
15 1 ME 693, 1963-64
2 Course evaluations, 2000-03

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Series V: Personal

Box Folder
16 1 College class notes, c. 1945
2 Written preliminary exam in ME for AJC
3 B.S. thesis, Rice Institute, 1945
4 M.A. thesis, Rice Institute, 1949
5 Ph.D thesis (draft), Univ. of Illinois, 1953
6 Ph.D thesis, Univ. of Illinois, 1953
7 Correspondence, personal
8 American Society of Mechanical Engineers, History of the South Texas Section 1919-94
9 Naval career
10 Certificates
11 University departmental evaluations [not Rice]
12 War memories, 1918-19 [AJC’s father?]
13 Memorabilia

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