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Richard Tousey Papers

Creator:
Tousey, Richard, 1908-1997  Search this
Names:
Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)  Search this
Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.), Rocket Spectroscopy Branch  Search this
Tousey, Richard, 1908-1997  Search this
Extent:
14.13 Cubic feet ((7 records center boxes) (17 other boxes) (1 flatboxes))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Glass negatives
Lantern slides
Transcripts
Photographs
Minutes
Speeches
Correspondence
Date:
[ca. 1940s-1980s]
bulk [ca. 1960s]
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of Tousey's professional papers, including the following types of material: notebooks, correspondence, speeches, minutes and proceedings, photographs and prints, coronagraphs, film, oral interview transcripts, lantern slides and glass plates.
Biographical / Historical:
Richard Tousey (1908 - 1997) was a prominent Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) space scientist whose career spans the V-2, Aerobee, OSO, Solrad, and Skylab eras. Tousey graduated from Tufts College in 1928, and received his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard in 1933. After teaching physics and conducting research at Harvard and Tufts, Tousey began his long association with the NRL -- starting first in the Optics Division (1941) and then working in the Atmosphere and Astrophysics Division (1959). Under Tousey's direction, a series of high-altitude probes, beginning in 1946 with the use of captured German V-2 rockets, produced the first detailed record of the sun's radiation in the far ultraviolet region of the spectrum. In addition to his important work relating to the solar spectrum, Tousey also contributed to the fields of vision and atmospheric optics. Later in his career, Tousey guided the NRL's program of research on the visibility of earth satellites and was the head of the Rocket Spectroscopy Branch of the NRL. Tousey was a prolific writer and a frequent contributor to the 'Journal of the Optical Society of America.' He was the recipient of many awards, including: the Progress Medal of the Photographic Society of America; the Frederick Ives Medal of the Optical Society of American; the Prix Ancel of the Societe Francasie de Photographie; and the Draper Medal.
General:
NASMrev
Provenance:
David van Keuren/Dean Bundy -- NRL, Transfer, 1996, 1997-004, Public Domain
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Spectrograph  Search this
V-2 rocket  Search this
Spectrum, Solar  Search this
Visual fields  Search this
Meteorological optics  Search this
Atmosphere, Upper -- Rocket observations  Search this
Astronautics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Glass negatives
Lantern slides
Transcripts
Photographs
Minutes
Speeches
Correspondence
Identifier:
NASM.1997.0004
Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-1997-0004

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