Henry L. Yeagley papers, 1918-1994

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Collection Overview

Title:
Henry L. Yeagley papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1918-1994
Creator:
Yeagley, Henry L. (Henry Lincoln)
Abstract:
Physicist and astronomer Henry Lincoln Yeagley completed his undergraduate studies (1925) and graduate studies (Ph.D., physics,1934), at Penn State, and was a member of its faculty from 1925 to 1958; he was noted for his work in the study of bird navigation.
Abstract:
This collection of research papers of Henry Yeagley includes photographs and negatives, research materials, experiments, scientific journals, slides, six films, correspondence, and scientific reports.
Collection Number:
746
Size:
3.91 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

Henry Lincoln Yeagley was born in York, Pennsylvania, on July 17, 1899. He completed his degree in electrochemical engineering at Penn State in 1925, and then went on to finish his master's and doctoral degrees in physics in 1927 and 1934, respectively. He was a faculty member in the Penn State Physics Department from 1925 to 1958, and also established the Astronomy Department; he also founded the Penn State Astronomical Society and the Penn State Riding Club.In 1932 he introduced the concepts of automobile seat belts and crumple zones in an article in the Penn State Engineer magazine. He gained international prominence for developing the first coherent theory of bird navigation in 1942, which explained why birds could fly great distances and then return to the precise spot from which they had departed. Although his experiments were dismissed as far-fetched at the time, his work was later recognized and accorded greater scientific respectability.

In June of 1958 he left Penn State as professor emeritus of physics, and was appointed the Joseph Priestley professor of natural philosophy at Dickinson College in Carlisle. At Dickinson he chaired the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, installed a planetarium, and in 1963 designed a seven-telescope observatory. He retired in 1969 as a professor emeritus of physics and astronomy. He died on December 26, 1996 in State College at the age of 97.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Partial

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], Henry L. Yeagley Papers (746), 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)

  • Audio
  • Artifacts
  • Photographic
  • Moving Image
  • Scrapbooks

Personal Name(s)

  • Yeagley, Henry L. (Henry Lincoln)

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