Carl Eckart Papers, 1941-1973 (SMC 22)


Extent: 1.85 Linear feet (5 archives boxes)

A small collection of the correspondence and professional papers of the physicist, physical oceanographer and geophysicist Carl Eckart.

Carl Henry Eckart (1902-1973) received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Washington University and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton in 1925. He joined the University of Chicago as an assistant professor of physics in 1928 and remained on the faculty until 1946, where he made substantial contributions to quantum physics and developed the Wigner-Eckart theorem.

Eckart came to San Diego in 1942 to join the University of California Division of War Research (UCDWR), where he worked on problems of underwater sound relevant to submarine warfare as assistant director and director of the program. In 1946, Eckart became a professor of geophysics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at UC San Diego, a position he held until 1971. He was also appointed the first director of the newly founded Marine Physical Laboratory (MPL) in 1946 (MPL became part of SIO in 1948). Eckart served a short term as the fourth director of Scripps until 1952, and went on to serve in a variety of important administrative positions at UC San Diego, including a term as Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1965-67.

A small collection of the correspondence and professional papers of the physicist, physical oceanographer and geophysicist Carl Eckart, including subject files, notebooks, writings and reports. There are also a few files of teaching materials, photographs and slides. The second series consists of materials copied and transferred from the Library of Congress on the request of William Nierenberg, due to their local relevance.

Arranged in two series: 1) MISCELLANEOUS, and 2) UC SAN DIEGO SEARCH COMMITTEES.

The bulk of Carl Eckart's papers are at the Library of Congress (MSS 65557).

For additional material at UC San Diego related to Eckart, see the SIO Biographical Files (SAC 5) and the SIO Office of Director Records (SAC 1) at Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego Library.

Container List


Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence, 1954, 1967-1972
Box 1 Folder 2
Bio-bibliography files, 1953-1973
Box 1 Folder 10
Eckart memorial service - Speaker remarks, 1973 November 3


Box 1 Folder 3-9
Our Modern Idol, Mathematical Science - Notebooks 2-6, ca. 1972-1973
Box 5 Folder 1-3
Our Modern Idol, Mathematical Science - Notebook 7, ca. 1972-1973
Box 2 Folder 1
Data notebook, 1952 June
Box 2 Folder 2
Statistical mechanics of the sea surface, 1952
Box 2 Folder 3
Scattering of sound and Inhomog engines, 1953
Box 2 Folder 4
Streaming and similar things, 1954
Box 2 Folder 5
Free oscillations of a stratified fluid, 1955 February
Box 2 Folder 6
Thermodynamics of mixtures, 1956
Box 2 Folder 7
Polar coordinates, undated
Box 2 Folder 8
Chain reactor notes, 1941-1956
Box 2 Folder 9
Notecards, 1948
Box 2 Folder 10
Notes from F. Brooks' report, 1948
Box 2 Folder 11
Seminar notes - On the Mutual Adjustment of the Velocity and Pressure Fields in the Ocean Under the Influence of a Fluctuating Wind Stress, 1949 August
Box 2 Folder 12
Lecture notes - Steady Flow of a Heavy Inviscid Fluid of Constant Density, 1958 February
Box 2 Folder 13
Spin coupling notes, 1968
Box 2 Folder 14
Science 2A course notes at UC San Diego, 1967
Box 3 Folder 1
Statistical hydrodynamics, 1954-1989
Box 3 Folder 2
Hydrodynamics, 1958-1960
Box 3 Folder 3
Variation Principle of Hydrodynamics report, undated
Box 3 Folder 4
Physical ocean data - Papers and correspondence, 1968
Box 3 Folder 5
Convair project - Papers on Ocean Data Station BRAVO, 1968
Box 3 Folder 6
Stratton Commission report draft, 1969
Box 3 Folder 7
Draft, The Theory of Steady Turbulence, 1953
Box 3 Folder 8
Notes on kinetics of turbulence and random flow, 1953-1967
Box 3 Folder 9
Notes and data on thermodynamics, 1949-1956
Box 3 Folder 10-11
Sea water - Notes, data, and summaries, 1956-1966
Box 4 Folder 1-3
Sea water - Notes, data, and summaries, 1956-1966
Box 4 Folder 4
Photographs and correspondence on wind patterns, 1969-1970
Box 4 Folder 5
Seminar on wave theory, 1946
Box 4 Folder 6
Symposia - Gravity Waves and Ultra Sonic Absorption of Fluids, 1951-1952
Box 4 Folder 7
Wave photographs and monthly Bomex tests, 1949, 1969
Box 4 Folder 8
Notes on low frequency waves in water, 1950 May
Box 4 Folder 9
Office of Naval Research, London. Gravity Waves and Finite Amplitude technical report, 1950
Box 4 Folder 10
New Methods in Geophysical Hydrodynamics (Oceanography 222) - Lecture notes, 1968
Box 4 Folder 11
Color slides of Ewing ripples in waves, undated
Box 4 Folder 12
Acoustics, 1951, 1970
Box 4 Folder 13
Some Theoretical Studies of the Propagation of Sound in Shallow Water, by Glen Camp and Carl Eckart (UCDWR No. U102), 1943 August 15
Box 5 Folder 4
General Dynamics oceanographic sensor, 1968
Box 5 Folder 5
Photographs of tempered glass, 1949
Box 5 Folder 9
Glass lantern slides of Eckart-Gleason, undated
Box 5 Folder 10
Glass lantern slides of shockwaves and phase boundaries, undated


Scope and Content of Series

Series 2) UC SAN DIEGO SEARCH COMMITTEES: Materials copied and transferred to the SIO Archives from the Eckart collection at Library of Congress, related to Eckart's role on the screening committees for two major campus administrative positions in 1964-1965: the UC San Diego Chancellorship, and the Directorship of SIO.

Box 5 Folder 6-8
Chancellor and SIO Director's search committee files, 1964-1965

Copies from the Library of Congress collection.