The papers primarily consist of Philip Albert Leighton's research files, teaching files, and his writings, including book
and article drafts and manuscripts. Professional files include correspondence with colleagues, and files from Leighton's tenure
at Metronics Associates, Inc., and SRI. Also included are select files from his undergraduate and graduate studies, including
Leighton's thesis and dissertation.
Philip Albert Leighton was born in Covina, California in 1897. He attended Pomona College where he earned and an A.B. degree
in chemistry in 1920 and an A.M. degree in 1923. In 1923, Leighton began graduate work at Harvard University, which led to
the A.M. degree in chemistry in 1925 and the Ph.D. in 1927. After spending a year in Munich as a Sheldon Traveling Fellow,
Leighton joined the Stanford faculty as an instructor in chemistry. He became full professor in 1937 and in1939, Leighton
was named Executive Head of Chemistry, a position he held until 1954. He also served as Chairman of the Department of Physical
Sciences from 1940 to 1942 and Dean of the School of Physical Sciences from 1946 to 1950.
18 Linear feet 30 boxes (27 manuscript boxes, 2 cartons, 1 flat box)
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