The collection contains notes, drafts, and publication information concerning Forrester's work on ionization, including materials
related to his book Large Ion Beams.
Theodore Forrester (1918-1987) was a renowned physicist, engineer and inventor, famous for his research in ionization, quantum
optics, and satellite acceleration. Forrester received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1942. He then worked on the Manhattan
Project at the University of California Radiation Lab in Berkeley. He worked in the private sector (including RCA Laboratories,Westinghouse
Research Labs, and International and Rocketdyne Divisions of North America) and academic institutions, including USC, the
University of Pittsburgh, and UC Irvine. He joined the UCLA faculty in 1967. At UCLA he was a member of both the Physics Department
and the Electrical Engineering Department, working on the physics of ionized gases (plasmas), specializing in plasma sheaths
and plasma sources. His last work, Large Ion Beams: Fundamentals of Generation and Propagation, was finished weeks before
his death in 1987 and published the same year.
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