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Keith A. Brueckner Papers
MSS 0094  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Publication Rights

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Keith A. Brueckner Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0094
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
    Languages: English
    Physical Description: 18.4 Linear feet (50 archives boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1949 - 1983
    Abstract: Keith A. Brueckner (1924-2014), a theoretical physicist, worked in academia and as a consultant to government and industry. His research focused on many-body theory and laser fusion. Throughout his career, Brueckner consulted with numerous federal and private agencies on research related to national defense. The collection consists of correspondence, memoranda, reports, financial records, contracts and proposals, notes and calculations, lectures, itineraries, and calendars. Administrative materials, such as memoranda, financial records, and itineraries relating to Brueckner's responsibilities at UC San Diego and KMS, form the largest parts of the collection.
    Creator: Brueckner, Keith A.

    Related Materials

    Administrative Records of Keith A. Brueckner, RSS 1009. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Keith A. Brueckner Papers date from 1949 to 1983 and consist primarily of administrative and financial records. The collection includes memos, reports, professional correspondence, contracts, vouchers, expense statements, and travel itineraries generated from Brueckner's duties in three major capacities: as instructor, administrator and research scientist at UC San Diego; as consultant for government and industry; and as Technical Director with KMS, a private corporation whose scientific pursuits included laser research.
    The Keith A. Brueckner Papers are organized in ten series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL; 2) CORRESPONDENCE; 3) UC SAN DIEGO; 4) PROPOSALS; 5) WRITINGS, TALKS AND LECTURES; 6) CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS; 7) ORGANIZATIONS; 8) CONSULTING; 9) KEITH A. BRUECKNER AND ASSOCIATES; and 10) KMS.

    Biography

    Keith Allen Brueckner was born in Minneapolis on March 19, 1924. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 1945 and 1947 and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1950. Brueckner's career as a theoretical physicist was divided between academia, industry, and service to the U.S. government, serving the roles of teacher, administrator, researcher, and consultant. His research focused on many-body physics and laser fusion.
    Brueckner was on the physics faculties at Indiana University (1951-1955) and the University of Pennsylvania (1956-1959) before coming to UC San Diego in 1959. At UC San Diego, he was responsible for recruiting faculty to the new campus and setting up the curriculum for the School of Science and Engineering. Among his other administrative responsibilities, Brueckner was Director of the Institute of Radiation Physics and Aerodynamics and, later, Director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Physical Sciences. (See the guide to the Administrative Records of Keith A. Brueckner, 1959-1970, RSS 1009, for more information on his administrative duties.)
    Outside the academy, Brueckner consulted with the Atomic Energy Commission, the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), RAND, Convair, and the Scientific Advisory Boards of the U.S. Air Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and other agencies related to national defense research. He was Vice President and Director of Research at IDA in 1961 and 1962. He was also active in industry through his offices at KMS (Keeve M. Siegel) from 1968 to 1974 and his own consulting business, Keith A. Brueckner and Associates (1974-1978).
    Brueckner was an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 1963 recipient of the American Physical Society's Dannie Heinemann Prize. He was a professor emeritus in the UC San Diego Department of Physics. Brueckner died in September 2014.

    Preferred Citation

    Keith A. Brueckner Papers, MSS 0094. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired, 1988.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Brueckner, Keith A. -- Archives
    Institute for Defense Analyses.
    JASON Defense Advisory Group.
    Keith A. Brueckner and Associates.
    U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
    United States. Advanced Research Projects Agency.
    University of California, San Diego. Dean of Letters and Sciences. -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego. Department of Physics. -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego. School of Science and Engineering. Dean. -- Archives
    University of California, San Diego. -- Administration--Archives
    University of California, San Diego. -- Faculty--Archives
    Laser fusion
    Lasers
    Many-body problem
    Physicists--Biography
    Physics -- Research
    Physics -- Study and teaching