The working papers, correspondence, publications, photos and biographical materials of Robert F. Bacher (1905-2004) form the
collection known as the Papers of Robert F. Bacher in the Archives of the California Institute of Technology. Bacher was a
nuclear physicist who during World War II worked on radar at the MIT Radiation Laboratory and then from 1943 at Los Alamos
on the atomic bomb. He was one of the first members of the US Atomic Energy Commission (1946-49). He served on the faculty
and in the administration of the California Institute of Technology from 1949 until his retirement in 1976.
Robert Fox Bacher was born in 1905 in Loudenville, Ohio. He attended the University of Michigan, receiving a BS degree in 1926 and a PhD in
1930. His research in the early 1930s focused on spectroscopy and nuclear physics, concentrating on atomic energy states and
hyperfine structures. Many of his early papers were collaborative in nature, and included work with Samuel Goudsmit, with
whom he coauthored Atomic Energy States in 1932.
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