This collection documents the career of Robert L. Walker, Professor of Physics at Caltech from 1949-1981. The records illustrate
Walker's expertise in experimental high energy physics, particularly in the design of detectors. The records include working
files relating to the Caltech synchrotron; technical files and log books; correspondence; manuscripts and reports; and files
relating to other accelerator laboratories.
Born in Saint Louis, Missouri on June 29, 1919, Robert Walker spent most of his childhood in Winnetka, a suburb north of Chicago.
After graduating from a local high school, he attended Harvard University for one year and then transferred to the University
of Chicago, where he graduated in 1941 with a B.Sc. in physics. During the war, Walker worked on the Manhattan Project first
in the Metallurgical Laboratory of the University of Chicago, then in Los Alamos National Laboratory where the atomic bomb
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