T. A. Wiggins papers, 1945-2003

2799

Collection Overview

Title:
T. A. Wiggins papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1945-2003
Creator:
Wiggins, T. A. (Thomas Arthur)
Abstract:
Thomas A. Wiggins graduated from Penn State (B.S. science education, 1942; Ph.D., physics 1953). He joined the Penn State faculty in 1949 and became a full professor in 1963. His main areas of study were atomic and molecular physics and optics.
Abstract:
This collection of the T. A. Wiggins Papers documents his research in physics and optics. Items include articles, research materials including Brewster rods, and membership directories for scientific societies.
Collection Number:
2799
Size:
4 Cubic feet
Location:
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Collection Overview

Thomas Arthur Wiggins was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania on February 24, 1921. He graduated from Penn State (B.S. science education, 1942), and served in the U. S. Army from 1945 to 1946. He attended George Washington University (M.S., 1949). That year he returned to Penn State for doctoral studies and joined the Penn State faculty achieving the rank of professor in 1963. Wiggins was a member of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society. He participated in research on infrared spectroscopy, frequency mixing, light polarization, and nonlinear thermal scattering in liquids and gases. He authored more than 130 articles in scientific journals. In 1983 he was the recipient of the C. I. Noll Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in the College of Science. Dr. Wiggins retired as professor emeritus in 1986, and died in 2003.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], T.A. Wiggins Papers (2799), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Computer Assisted
  • Photographic
  • Artifacts

Personal Name(s)

  • Wiggins, T. A. (Thomas Arthur)

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