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Harald Rossi papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0592
Harald H. Rossi was born in Vienna, Austria in 1917. He came to the United States in 1939 and received a Ph.D. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1942. The collection is comprised of Rossi’s work in radiation measurement with materials spanning 1948 to 1986.

Dates

  • 1948-1986

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Extent

32.44 Cubic Feet (25 record center cartons, 2 letter size document boxes, 1 letter half-size document box, 1 legal half-size document box)

Biographical / Historical

Harald H. Rossi was born in Vienna, Austria in 1917. He came to the United States in 1939 and received a Ph.D. in Physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1942. He began work at Columbia University with Gioacchino Failla around 1946 and eventually became Emeritus Professor there in 1988. The majority of his work was on radiation dosimetry, and he pioneered a new field of microdosimetry after problems with some of his experiments. Rossi was a member of several organizations, such as the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU), the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement (NCRP), as well as the Tactical Advisory Committee on Radiation to the Commissioner of Health in New York City. He retired from Columbia University in 1987. He published over 200 papers, along with his works on the above mentioned commissions and committees. Rossi died in New York City on January 1, 2000.

Source: http://www.icru.org/n_001_5.htm

Scope and Contents

The collection is comprised of Rossi's work in radiation measurement, particularly his work with the International Commission on Radiation Units and Measurements (ICRU) and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP). Materials date from 1948 to 1986. Also included are research materials, including laboratory notebooks and charts. Some copies of Rossi's published papers, along with earlier drafts and lecture notes are present as well. Rossi's work with various committees, such as the National Research Council Committee on the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation (BEIR), the Radiation Research Society, and the Tactical Advisory Committee on Radiation to the Commissioner of Health in New York City, as well as others, are included in series 5. Most of the correspondence is sorted by date, but a small amount of it is by recipient. There is a small amount of student files.

Other Finding Aids

A more complete inventory is available online: https://wayback.archive-it.org/org-626/20170504032309/http://ead.library.jhu.edu/ms.592-finding-aid.pdf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Columbia University in 2005.

Processing Information

Finding aid prepared by Rosemary Spellman in 2012.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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