The Papers of Arthur L. Klein (1928-1974) represent a small collection divided between
correspondence, teaching files, technical material relating to wind tunnels and airplane
design, and personal data. Researchers should also consult the following related
collections: the Papers of Theodore von Kármán; the oral histories of Arthur L. Klein and
other participants in GALCIT; the Caltech Historical Files under Aeronautics and Arthur
L. Klein; and the Archives' photo database, PhotoNet (available online at
Arthur L. Klein (1898-1983) was born in Los Angeles and educated in local schools. In
1916 he entered Throop College, the predecessor of Caltech. There he acquired the
nickname "Maj," from his tenure as a cadet major. After beginning his studies in
mechanical engineering, he changed to physics to work under Robert A. Millikan and earned
his bachelor's degree in 1921 and his PhD in 1925. Thereafter hired by Millikan as a
research fellow in physics, Klein soon became involved in the activities of the new
Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at Caltech, familiarly known as GALCIT. He became
assistant professor of aeronautics at Caltech in 1929 and full professor in 1954.
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Collection is open for research.