University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert Narvaez Little Papers, 1935-1986



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Little, Robert Narvaez, 1913-1986
Title: Little, Robert Narvaez, papers
Dates: 1935-1986
Abstract: Robert Narvaez Little, Jr., experimental nuclear physicist, was a professor at UT Austin from 1955 until his death in 1986. He made large contributions to the fields of precollege physical science education in Texas and physics development in Central and South America. 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.
Accession No.: 88-114
OCLC No.: 74496047
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

See also In Memoriam: Robert Narvaez Little, Jr., accessed October 20, 2016.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Little, Robert Narvaez, 1913-1986
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Physics
Subjects
Nuclear physics.
Physics--Study and teaching.
Physicists
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Germany--History--1933-1945.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Narvaez Little Papers, 1935-1986, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 1988.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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88-114/1 (at CDL) Papers, 1935-1986