A Guide to the Robert Narvaez Little Papers, 1935-1986
Robert Narvaez Little, Jr., experimental nuclear physicist, was born in Houston, Texas on March 11, 1913. He earned his PhD from Rice University in 1943 and was an assistant professor at the University of Oregon, a research scientist during the war on airborne fire control systems, and a consultant with a number of laboratories on reactor physics during the 1940s and 1950s. From 1953 to 1955 he served as chief of nuclear physics at General Dynamics in Fort Worth and then became professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin. From 1953 to 1973 he served as the UT representative on the Council of Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
Dr. Little made large contributions to the fields of precollege physical science education in Texas and physics development in Central and South America. He served as chairman of the Texas section of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) from 1958 to 1960 and as the president of the AAPT from 1970 to 1971, and earned an award for Outstanding Contributions to Physics in Higher Education in Texas in 1978. He worked closely with physicists and physics teachers in Central and South America and the Caribbean, and he was a founding member of the Sociedad Centroamericana y del Caribe de Fisica.
Robert N. Little remained an active teacher until his death in Austin on May 21, 1986.
See also In Memoriam: Robert Narvaez Little, Jr., accessed October 20, 2016.
The Robert Narvaez Little Papers, 1935-1986, include biographical and memorial articles, letters, memoranda, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, photographs, certificates, and other materials. The collection documents Little's career in nuclear physics and physics education, largely at UT, and pertains to atomic physics as well as Little's work in Central American physics education. Printed materials to accompany two of Little's physics courses can also be found. Additionally, the papers contain letters, dated 1935 to 1940, from a German penpal, Walter Bieler of Leipzig, which give a German perspective on the pre-war years.
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Robert Narvaez Little Papers, 1935-1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, 1988.
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