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Home > Collections > Rare Books and Manuscripts > Manuscripts > Manuscripts Registers > MS.349

Special Collections

Milton S. Eisenhower Library

The Johns Hopkins University

3400 N. Charles St.

Baltimore, MD 21218

(410) 516-8348


Dieke (Gerhard H.) 1901-1965

Papers (1922-1963)

Ms. 349


Size:               .5 document box

                    (.2 linear ft.)


Processed:          April 1993

By:                 Joan Grattan


Provenance:         The papers were given to the University

                    by Sally H. Dieke in 1991.


Access:             Unrestricted


Permission          Permission to publish material from this

                    collection must be requested in writing

                    from the Manuscripts Librarian at the

                    address above.


Citation:           Gerhard H. Dieke Papers Ms. 349             

                    Special Collections,

                    Milton S. Eisenhower Library,

                    The Johns Hopkins University


                  Dieke (Gerhard H.) 1901-1965

                       Papers (1922-1963)

                             Ms. 349




The papers were received by the University from the estate of Mrs.

Sally H. Dieke in 1991.  The Accession Number is 90-91.44.


Biographical Note


Gerhard H. Dieke, an authority on spectroscopy and solid state

physics, was born in Rheda, Germany in 1901.  He attended the

University of Leiden, Holland and received a Ph.D. in physics at

the University of California in 1926.  After completing his

graduate studies, he worked at the Institute of Physical and

Chemical Research in Tokyo and the University of Groningen in

Holland.  Dr. Dieke joined the Department of Physics at Johns

Hopkins in 1930 as an associate professor, and he later served as

chairman of the department, 1950-1965.  He was recognized as one of

the pioneers in investigating the structure of atoms and molecules

by spectroscopic methods.  Dr. Dieke's last project at Hopkins

included work on the ruby laser whose high-energy beams of light

could be used in both the fields of surgery and communications.

In 1965, Dr. Dieke attended the Scottish Universities Summer School

in Physics, and he died in Aberdeen, Scotland, August 26, 1965.


Dr. Dieke was married to fellow scientist, Sally Harrison Dieke

(1913-1989) who also had ties to the University.  She received her

Ph.D. in chemistry from Hopkins in 1938 and was a Research Fellow

in the History of Science, 1966-1989.  Dr. Sally Dieke taught

astronomy at Goucher College, Morgan State College, and the

University of Maryland.  Her bequest to the University included an

endowment for the Gerhard H. Dieke Professorship in Physics and

Astronomy, established in 1990, as a memorial to her husband.


The Sally H. Dieke Papers Ms. 312 are available in Special


Scope and Content Note


The papers of physicist, Gerhard S. Dieke, which form Ms. 349 is a

small collection and includes mostly personal items unrelated to

his teaching and research at the University.  The research papers

and correspondence associated with his work in the fields of

spectroscopy and solid state physics are included in the Joint

Committee of the American Physical Society and the American

Philosophical Society on the History of Theoretical Physics in the

Twentieth Century collection of the American Philosophical Society

Library in Philadelphia.


The collection dated 1922 to 1963 has been artificially arranged.

A few of the items were collected from the Physics Department after

Dr. Dieke's death.  Included are some personal correspondence,

letters of introduction, travel passes, notices of conferences, and

a bibliography of Dr. Dieke's personal library.  Of interest are

articles (published in the Evening Sun, Baltimore)  written by Dr.

Dieke entitled "Soviet Science and Education" written after a trip

to Moscow in 1957.  Final items are membership cards from

scientific organizations and private clubs.  



Arrangement of the material is given in the Container List.
                         Container List

                             Ms. 349


Notices of Conferences, Certificates    1922-1959

Personal Correspondence                 1925-1964

Notes on Japanese language              1928

Physical Examination                    1935

Citizenship certificate                 1939

Address/Notes Book                      1947

Physical Society Meeting                1955

Clippings, "Soviet Science and Education"    1957,1958

Travel to India, 1963

Library (personal books)

Letters of introduction, Travel passes

Membership cards



















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