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Title: William A. Wallenmeyer papers
Received Extent: 57.0 Cubic Foot Boxes
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Collection contains 57 cft. boxes that house the professional papers of Purdue graduate and later director for High-Energy Physics of the U.S. Department of Energy, Dr. William A. Wallenmeyer.  Wallenmeyer worked as a student in the Cosmic-ray physics department at Purdue.  This department was established in the early 1950's (1949-55), by (Visiting) Professor Wen Yu Chang who oversaw the construction of a triggered cloud chamber designed for the study of the then newly discovered "V" particles, known now as the λ-hyperon and K-meson. Wallenmeyer, who carried out his thesis research at Brookhaven National Laboratory, was the first Purdue person to carry out high-energy physics research at a national laboratory. Wallenmeyer eventually became director for High-Energy Physics of the U.S. Department of Energy and in 1989, after retirement from this position, received an honorary doctor's degree from Purdue.

Source:  A History of Physics at Purdue: The Post-War Years (1945-1958) by Ralph Bray, Solomon Gartenhaus, Arnold Tubis, and David Cassidy [http://www.physics.purdue.edu/about/history/post_war.html]

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