Description of the Collection
Call Number: SC0330
Ginzton, Edward L. (Edward Leonard),
Title: Edward Ginzton papers
Dates: circa 1937-1992
105 Linear feet
Summary: Papers regarding Ginzton's activities at Stanford University,
with Varian Associates, and on national committees and local organizations. Includes
correspondence, manuscripts, memoranda, journals, publications, technical reports,
manufacturing reports, oral history materials, and photographs. Also includes
correspondence, publications, biographical material and manuscripts of Russell, Sigurd
and Dorothy Varian.
Language(s): The materials are in English.
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Edward Ginzton Papers (SC0330). Department of Special Collections and University
Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Co-founder of Varian Associates and a pioneer in microwave tube technology and linear
accelerator development. As a graduate student at Stanford during the 1930's, Ginzton
joined Russell and Sigurd Varian and physics professors William W. Hansen and David L.
Webster to develop the klystron tube, an integral part of radar and the linear
accelerator concept. After working on radar systems during World War II, Ginzton
returned to Stanford in 1946 as a professor of applied physics. He joined Hansen in the
establishment of the Microwave Laboratory at Stanford. Becoming director of the
Laboratory in 1949, he worked with Henry Kaplan in adapting the linear accelerator for
the treatment of cancer. He directed Project M, which led to the construction of the
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (a two-mile linear accelerator). In 1948, Ginzton
helped found Varian Associates, becoming chairman of the board and chief executive
officer in 1959. Ginzton was elected a member of the National Academy of Science and the
National Academy of Engineering; he has also served on the Stanford University Board of
Description of the Collection
Papers regarding Ginzton's activities at Stanford University, with Varian Associates,
and on national committees and local organizations. Includes correspondence,
manuscripts, memoranda, journals, publications, technical reports, manufacturing
reports, oral history materials, and photographs. Also includes correspondence,
publications, biographical material and manuscripts of Russell, Sigurd and Dorothy
Ginzton, Edward Leonard, 1915-
Hansen, William Webster, 1909-1949.
Kaplan, Henry S.
Mid-Peninsula Housing Coalition.
National Academy of Sciences.
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Stanford Midpeninsular Urban Coalition.
Stanford University. Dept. of
Stanford University. Microwave
Stanford University. W.W. Hansen Laboratory of
Varian, Dorothy, 1907-
Varian, Russell Harrison, 1898-1959
Varian, Sigurd Fergus, 1901-1961
High Technology Industry--California--Santa Clara
Microelectronics Industry--California--Santa Clara
Research and Development Contracts.
Science and Industry.