University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Biedenharn (Lawrence) Papers, 1931-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Biedenharn, L. C.
Title: Biedenharn (Lawrence) Papers
Dates: 1931-1997
Abstract: Correspondence, publications, notes and printed materials document the career of Lawrence Biedenharn (1922-1996) at Duke University and University of Texas, including his monographs, articles, and conference talks.
Accession No.: 2007-199, 2008-074
Extent: 41 feet
Laguage: Materials are written in English, German, and Russian.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Lawrence Christian Biedenharn was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on November 18, 1922. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in absentia in 1944 while serving in the United States Army. He returned to MIT in 1946 and completed his Ph. D. in theoretical nuclear physics in 1950. After graduation, he worked as a research physicist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

His teaching career began when he was hired as an assistant professor at Yale University in 1952. He joined the faculty at Rice University in 1954 and became an assistant professor there in 1956. He became a full professor at Duke University in 1961. Upon becoming Emeritus in 1992, Biedenharn moved to the University of Texas at Austin where he continued to teach as an adjunct professor until his death from kidney cancer in 1996. Biedenharn supervised 24 Ph.D. students.

Biedenharn was a prominent mathematical and theoretical nuclear physicist whose significant contributions to group theoretical methods in physics led to his worldwide recognition as one of the foremost leaders in modern theoretical physics. He published several textbooks and monographs as well as hundreds of articles, several of which were written in collaboration with prominent theorists who visited Duke University from all over the world to work with Biedenharn. Two of the articles he co-authored are among the 100 most cited Reviews of Modern Physics papers from 1955 to 1985. He served as editor of the Journal of Mathematical Physics from 1985-1992. Biedenharn was invited to lecture extensively throughout the U. S. and Europe.


Scope and Contents

The Lawrence Biedenharn Papers, 1931-1997, consist of published works, correspondence, notes, teaching materials, drafts, printed materials, and other material documenting the life and career of Lawrence Biedenharn (1922-1996). The papers are divided into two series: Professional and Personal.

The majority of the collection relates to Biedenharn’s professional career. Biedenharn’s extensive “serial notes” were left in the original order he created and are labeled with his folder names, when possible, indicated by quotation marks. His numerous publications (1944-1995) and conference talks (1955-1995) provide a look at his contributions to the field of theoretical physics. Also included are his teaching materials from Duke University (1959-1992), professional correspondence (1950-1997), arranged in the alphabetical order used by Biedenharn, and copies of his curriculum vita and publication list (1991-1993).

The personal series includes material from Biedenharn’s education at MIT (1943-1949), a published collection of articles dedicated to Biedenharn (1993), editions of professional journals dedicated to him (1996-1997), personal correspondence (1983-1994), and printed materials (1977-1987).

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to student records is restricted until 75 years after the date of creation. All other material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely at CDL. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Persons
Lohe, M. A.
Louck, James D.
Organization
Duke University
University of Texas at Austin
Journal of Mathematical Physics
Subjects
Angular momentum
Theory of excitation in nuclei

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lawrence Biedenharn Papers, 1931-1997, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

I. Professional

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2007-199/1 Serial notes
Loose serial notes
1947-1959
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2007-199/2 1960-1963
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2007-199/3 1964-1966
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2007-199/4 1966
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2007-199/5 1966-1967
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2007-199/6 1967-1970
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2007-199/7 1969-1971
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2007-199/8 1971-1972
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2007-199/9 1971-1973
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2007-199/10 1973-1977
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2007-199/11 1977-1981
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2007-199/12 1979-1981
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2007-199/13 1980-1982
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2007-199/14 1982-1983
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2007-199/15 1983-1984
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2007-199/16 1984-1986
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2007-199/17 1985
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2007-199/18 1985-1986
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2007-199/19 1986
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2007-199/20 1987
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2007-199/21 1987-1988
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2007-199/22 1989
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2007-199/23 1989-1992
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2007-199/24 1990-1991
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2007-199/25 1990-1991
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2007-199/26 1991-1993
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2007-199/27 1992-1993
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2007-199/28 1993-1996, undated
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2007-199/29 Bound serial notes
1964-1974
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2007-199/30 1974-1989
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2007-199/31 1989-1994
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2007-199/32 Publications
Books written by Biedenharn
Angular Momentum in Quantum Physics, 1981
The Racah-Wigner Algebra in Quantum Theory, 1981
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2007-199/33 Relativistic Models of Hadrons Obeying a Mass-Spin Trajectory Constraint, 1982
Angular Momentum in Quantum Physics - Russian translation, 1984
Quantum Group Symmetry and q-Tensor Algebras, 1995
Books edited by Biedenharn
Quantum Theory in Angular Momentum, 1965
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2007-199/34 Symmetries in Science V, 1991
Notes related to books
"Boson Operator Techniques & Unitary Symmetry," (unpublished)
Notes, 1969-1970, undated
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2007-199/35 Drafts, 1978, undated
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2007-199/36 Angular Momentum in Quantum Physics
Notes, 1975-1995
Drafts, 1975-1976, undated
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2007-199/37 Articles by Biedenharn
Bound articles
1944-1954
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2007-199/38 1951-1961
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2007-199/39 1955-1963
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2007-199/40 1960-1971
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2007-199/41 1971-1979
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2007-199/42 1976-1982
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2007-199/43 1983-1987
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2007-199/44 1984-1987
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2007-199/45 1987-1997
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2007-199/46 1991-1992
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2007-199/47 1992-1993
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2007-199/48 1993-1995
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2007-199/49 Numbered articles
4-55, 1951-1957
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2007-199/50 56-72, 1957-1960
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2007-199/51 73-88, 1961-1963
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2007-199/52 89-118, 1962-1965
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2007-199/53 119-133, 1967-1974
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2007-199/54 134-170, 1974-1981
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2007-199/55 171-198 1974-1981
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2007-199/56 212-270, 1982-1990
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2007-199/57 271-288, 1990-1992
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2007-199/58 288-294, 1983-1992
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2007-199/59 Unnumbered Articles
1961-1976
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2007-199/60 1978-1979
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2007-199/61 1980-1984
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2007-199/62 1987-1993
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2007-199/63 1991-1996, undated
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2007-199/64 Notes related to articles
1966-1986, undated
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2007-199/65 1974-1991
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2007-199/66 Articles by others
C-R, 1931-1990, undated
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2007-199/67 Rota-W, unknown, 1958-1988, undated
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2007-199/68 Various authors, 1932-1991
Journals
1987-1992
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2007-199/69 Conference Materials
Loose conference talks
1955-1965
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2007-199/70 1965-1966
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2007-199/71 1967-1968
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2007-199/72 1970
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2007-199/73 1970-1972
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2007-199/74 1973-1974
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2007-199/75 1975-1978
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2007-199/76 1979-1984
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2007-199/77 1984-1986
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2007-199/78 1987-1988
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2007-199/79 1989-1991
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2007-199/80 1991-1992
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2007-199/81 1992-1994
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2007-199/82 1994, undated
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2007-199/83 Bound conference talks
1974-1986
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2007-199/84 1986-1988
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2007-199/85 1989-1994
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2007-199/86 1995
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2007-199/87 Teaching materials
RESTRICED - Bound teaching materials
1959-1977
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2007-199/88 1982-1983
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2007-199/89 1984-1988
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2007-199/90 1989-1991
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2007-199/91 RESTRICED - Loose teaching materials
1968-1981
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2007-199/92 1979-1987
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2007-199/93 1986-1992
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2007-199/94 Correspondence
A-F, 1950-1995, undated
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2007-199/95 G-V, 1951-1997, undated
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2007-199/96 W, other, 1951-1993
Currivulum Vita
Curriculum Vita, publication list, 1991-1993, undated
Committees
Publishing Policy Committee, 1991



 

II. Personal

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2007-199/97 Education, 1943-1949
Military Service Documentation, 1952-1979
"Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Southwest" report, 1986
Memorial editions dedicated to Biedenharn, 1993
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2007-199/98 Memorial editions dedicated to Biedenharn and related correspondence to Sarah Biedenharn, 1993-1997
Correspondence, 1982-1994, undated
Newspaper clippings, 1977, 1987
Printed materials, undated
Miscellaneous, undated