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Bernstein, Seymour. Papers
1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center
Seymour Bernstein, physicist, engineer, and professor. The Seymour Bernstein Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, course materials, notes, articles, photographs, and other materials related to Bernstein.
The collection is open for research.
When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Bernstein, Seymour. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
Seymour Bernstein was born on February 20, 1909 in Chicago to Isadore Samuel and Etta Sher Bernstein. He received a B.S in engineering from the University of Illinois (1930) and a Ph.D in Physics from the University of Chicago (1939).
Bernstein was an engineer for the city of Chicago from 1930 to 1934. He was an instructor at Austin College, Chicago from 1939 to 1942. In 1942 he came to the University of Chicago as a research associate. In 1944 Bernstein left for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to work as their chief physicist. He returned to Chicago in 1964 to teach physics at the University of Illinois.
From 1955 to 1956, Bernstein was a visiting professor at the Israel Institute of Technology. From 1961 to 1962 he was a visiting professor at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. Bernstein served as a science delegate for the First International Conference on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy in Geneva, Switzerland in 1955. He was also a Fellow of the American Physics Society.
Bernstein married Adelaide Rubin on September 18, 1938. The couple had two daughters, Ruth Alice and Irene Susan.
The Seymour Bernstein Papers consist of professional correspondence (1949-1977); manuscripts; course materials (1949-1974); notes (1963); lists of publications and abstracts (1951-1971); articles regarding the shutdown of Graphic Reactor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1963-1964); articles by others (1948-1977); personal documents; and photographs. Included in this is a manuscript of Bernstein’s dissertation, “X-ray diffraction by a film of counted molecular layers.”
The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:
|Box 1 Folder 1|
Professional correspondence, 1949-1977
|Box 1 Folder 2|
Personal, including Monsanto contract of employment, 1945, citation, Society of the Sigma Xi, 1938, resume, 1961
|Box 1 Folder 3|
Articles regarding the shut-down of Graphite Reactor, Oak Ridge,
|Box 1 Folder 4|
Course materials, 1949, 1974
|Box 1 Folder 5|
Miscellaneous notes, undated
|Box 1 Folder 6|
Photographs, Oak Ridge National Lab, particles, undated
|Box 1 Folder 7|
Articles by others, 1948-1977
|Box 1 Folder 8|
List of publications and abstracts, 1951-1971
|Box 1 Folder 9|
|Box 1 Folder 10|
Reprints and offprints, 1947-1973
|Box 2 Folder 1|
|Box 2 Folder 2|
Typescripts, offprints and reprints, 1942-1945
|Box 2 Folder 3|
Typescripts, offprints and reprints, 1946-1948
|Box 2 Folder 4|
Typescripts, offprints and reprints, 1948-1955
|Box 2 Folder 5|
Typescripts, offprints and reprints, 1954-1957
|Box 2 Folder 6|
Typescripts, offprints and reprints, 1961-1965
|Box 2 Folder 7|
|Box 2 Folder 8|