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Biographical/Historical note

Scope and Contents note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Biographical and personal 1950-1961, undated

Series II: Academic coursework and publications

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Thomas A. Rabson academic papers, 1950-2000 MS 558



creator Author (aut) Rabson, Thomas A., 1932-2009
Title: Thomas A. Rabson academic papers
Dates: 1950-2000
Abstract This collection contains correspondence, departmental records, course preparation materials, and course assistant records relating to Thomas A. Rabson’s career as professor of electrical engineering at Rice University. Also included are conference materials, reference materials, energy research studies and reports, and information concerning Dr. Rabson’s grant proposals, consultation with energy and electronics corporations, and expertise in lasers and ferroelectric thin films.
Identification: MS 558
Quantity: 3.0 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical note

Thomas A. Rabson was born in Houston, TX on July 31, 1932 and graduate from Lamar High School in 1950. He attended Rice University from 1950 to 1959, earning a Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master of Arts in Physics, and Doctor of Philosophy in Physics. Dr. Rabson joined the Rice faculty in 1959 and built the Ph.D program for Electrical Engineering, graduating the first doctoral student in his department. He served as professor of electrical engineering from 1970-2000 and was chairman of the department from 1979-1984. He was an active member of IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers. Additionally, he was a Rice representative on the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness and a consultant of a number of energy, electronics, and geophysical corporations, including Shell Oil Company, Exxon USA, Texas Instruments, Inc., and Motorola, Inc. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Tau, and Sigma Xi and served as a National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellow in Basel, Switzerland from 1965-1966.He has received such honors as Who’s Who in the Southwest, American Men of Science, and program manager of Project Thesis Research at Rice University from 1968-1973. Dr. Rabson retired from Rice University after earning emeritus status in May 2000 and moved to Madisonville, Texas. He is widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of lasers and his expertise on ferroelectric thin films and the properties and uses of lithium niobate.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains correspondence, departmental records, course preparation materials, and course assistant records relating to Thomas A. Rabson’s career as professor of electrical engineering at Rice University. Also included are conference materials, reference materials, energy research studies and reports, and information concerning Dr. Rabson’s grant proposals, consultation with energy and electronics corporations and expertise in lasers and ferroelectric thin films.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from the Thomas A. Rabson academic papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University - History - Sources.
Subjects
Engineering

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Thomas A. Rabson Academic Papers, 1950-2000, MS 558, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Mrs. Thomas A. Rabson in 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Biographical and personal 1950-1961, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Thomas A. Rabson: Biographical information
2 Photographs of TAR, undated
3 TAR: Selective Service forms
4 European travel, 1961
map-drawer
33 Panoramic class photo of Lamar High School, 195o, Houston, Texas

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Series II: Academic coursework and publications

Box Folder
1 5 TAR: Report on sabbatical leave
6 TAR: Academics
TAR: Resume notes and materials
8 TAR: Honors
9 Honor society pins
10 Messages and phone numbers
11 Punch cards
12 Receipts and expenses, 1960-1969, undated
13 Correspondence to TAR
14 Correspondence from TAR
15 Correspondence to and from Sylvia Rabson
16 Correspondence: Letters of recommendation
17 Correspondence: Rice University
18 Correspondence to TAR re: salary
19 Rice University envelopes
20 Rice University Self Study Summary Report, 1964
21 “University Policies of Interest to the Faculty”, January, 1967
22 Rice University newsletters, 1975
23 Rice University programs and directory
24 Engineering dept. goals, 1984
25 Electrical Engineering/Computer Science enrollment increase communication
26 Correspondence re: Electrical Engineering departmental concerns
27-29 Electrical Engineering departmental concerns (3 folders)
30 Electrical Engineering salary information
31 Grade book for E.E. 460, 473, 543 and 561, 1959-64
32 Electrical Engineering teaching schedules, 1965-1966
33 ELEC 561 class notes, Spring 1971
34 ELEC 362 class notes, Fall 1971
35 ELEC 462 class notes, Spring 1980
36 ELEC 461 class notes, Fall 1981, Fall 1982
37 ELEC 463 class notes, Spring 1982
38 ELEC 342 class notes, Spring 1986
39 ELEC 461 class notes, Fall 1986
40 ELEC 461 class notes, Fall 1987
41 ELEC 461 class notes, Fall 1987, Fall 1988
42 ELEC 342 class notes and roster, Spring 1988
43 ELEC 305b class notes, Spring 1991
44 ELEC 461 class notes, Fall 1991
45 ELEC 591 class notes, Fall 1991
46 ELEC 591 class notes, Spring 1994
47 Student work
Box Folder
2 1 Assorted class notes
2 Unlabeled notes and handouts
Box Folder
1 3 Answer keys
Box Folder
2 4 Transparencies on ferroelectrics and LiNbO3 thin films
5 “Impedance Measurement Tutorial” transparencies, 2000
6 Electrical Engineering Graduate Committee Report, 1971-72
7 Graduate student information
8 Roster of Computer Science majors, Fall 1983
9 Computer Science class roster, Fall 1983
10 Course assistant materials, undated
11 Course assistant records, Spring 1967
12 Course assistant records, Fall 1967
13 Course assistant records, Spring 1968
14 Course assistant records, Fall 1968
15 Course assistant records, Spring 1969
16 Course assistant records, Fall 1969
17 Course assistant records, Spring 1970
18 Course assistant records, Fall 1970
19 Course assistant records, Spring 1971
20 Course assistant records, Fall 1971
21 Course assistant records, Spring 1972
22 Advisory Report on Engineering Education in Texas, 1968
23 Energy Courses Initiative, 1974
24 Microelectronics programs at other universities
25 U.S. News “Best Colleges” issue, October 10, 1988
26 Grant application materials
27 NASA grant, 1960-1967
28 Grant proposal: “Study of MASERS and Their Application”, March 31, 1961
29 Microelectronics laboratory notes and proposals
30 Laser Handbook proposal
31 William P. Jenny patent application, 1953
32 Consulting notes
33 Legal pad notes
34 Semiconductor Research Corporation
35 Technical Enterprises Corporation
36 Texas Instruments: Texas Advanced Technology Program
37 Atomic Industrial Forum: 1969 Annual Meeting
38 Atomic Industrial Forum: University/Industry Relations Committee
39 Atomic Industrial Forum: Newsletters and brochures
40 Conference programs, 1970, 1973
41 Symposium on Integrated Ferroelectrics, 1990, 1992
Box Folder
3 1 Texas Energy Development Fund grant proposal submission guidelines
2 Energy related research reports for Texas legislature
3 Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) reports
4 Energy Research and Education Foundation (EREF): Energy info
5 EREF: Board of Directors meeting notes
6 EREF: Administrative info
7 EREF: Rice Seminar Series
8 EREF: Monthly energy facts
9 EREF: Remarks of N.J. Tortorello, February 1, 1977
10 EREF: Vendors
11 Energy Interests: RANN Conference, May 28, 1975
12 Energy Interests: Advanced studies and research
13 Energy Interests: Brochures and advertisements
14 Energy Interests: Reports and publications
15 “Interactions of Electromagnetic Radiation with Matter in the Solid State”, paper unsigned and undated
16 Informational pamphlets c.1950s, 1968
17 Notebook: “Acoustic Wave Systems”, text pp. 23-28
18 Notebook: Notes on Microwave Theory
19 Dresser Electronics
20 K&E Log Log Duplex Vector Slide Rule manual
21 Place Tables of Logarithms and Trigonometric Functions
22 Nuclear Energy Institute InfoBank
23 Publications: Physics Letters, August 25, 1969
24 Publications: “Determination of Conduction Anisotropies in Semiconductors”, 1971
25 Publications: “Ferroelectric Gate Transfers” drafts
26 Publications: Published works, 1995-1999
27 Model Train Layout No. 1
28 Photographs,1950, undated
29-33 Optical crystals (5 folders)
map-drawer
33 Retirement proclamation to Rabson by Sidney Burrus

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