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Gerhard Herzberg fonds
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1902-2006 (inclusive); 1935-1999 (predominant) (Creation)
- Herzberg, Gerhard
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44 cm of textual records, 228 photographs, 25 postcards, 2 negatives.
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Gerhard Herzberg was born on 25 December 1904 in Hamburg, Germany. He attended the Technical Institute in Darmstadt on scholarship, earning his Dipl. Ing. In 1927, and his Dr. Ing. In 1928. He continued with research at the University of Göttingen and the University of Bristol. While at Göttingen he met Luise Oettinger, whom he married on 30 December 1929. The couple returned to Darmstadt in 1930 where Gerhard had a position as an assistant. As the political situation in Germany deteriorated, the Herzberg’s personal situation became precarious: Luise was Jewish. The family was able to leave Germany for Canada in 1935, where Gerhard accepted a position with the University of Saskatchewan. They remained in Saskatoon for the next ten years; in 1945 Gerhard joined the University of Chicago (at the Yerkes Observatory, Wisconsin). In 1948 the family moved to Ottawa where Gerhard was named head of the Division of Physics at the National Research Council (NRC), a position he retained until he became a Distinguished Research Scientist at NRC in 1969, the first person so designated. Over the course of his career, Gerhard received numerous honours and awards, culminating with the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1971. He died in Ottawa on 3 March 1999.
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This fonds contains material relating to the personal and professional life of Gerhard Herzberg and his wife, Luise Herzberg. In particular, it contains correspondence with family, friends and colleagues, most notably from the period 1933-1949. Some articles are included.
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Donated to the University Archives and Special Collections by Monika Herzberg in 2013.
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Related material at the University Archives and Special Collections includes MG 441 – Luise Herzberg fonds; MG 74 – JWT Spinks fonds; and in the records of the President’s Office – series 1, Walter Murray; and MG391 – Herzberg Offprint Collection. Researchers should also note the Paul Herzberg fonds (F0235) at the York University Archives and Special Collections, and the Gerhard Herzberg fonds (MG 31 J4) at the Library and Archives Canada. A copy of this finding aid is available in the UASC reading room.
No further accruals are expected.
See also Gerhard Herzberg: An Illustrious Life in Science by Boris Stoicheff and Luise Herzberg, Astrophysicist: A Memoir by Paul Herzberg.