Ref NoLDGSL/1107/A/1/1
TitleCalifornia Institute of Technology (Caltech), 1967
DateDec 1966-Jul 1967
LevelSub Sub Series
Extent1 file
FormatDocument
DescriptionCorrespondence file, principally covering the period when Dan McKenzie was a Research Fellow in Geophysics at the Seismological Laboratory, Californian Institute of Technology (Caltech), December 1966-July 1967.

Correspondents and subjects include:

DECEMBER 1966
Don L Anderson, Director, Seismological Laboratory, Caltech, on arrangements for McKenzie's arrival, 21 December 1966*; copy of letter from Charles Hewitt-Dix, Division of Geology, Caltech, to Miss C A Williams, Department of Geodesy & Geophysics, University of Cambridge, England, thanks for sending reprints and an annual report of the department, expressing his special interest in the work of McKenzie who gave a colloquium on thermodynamics in the Lent Term, 22 December 1966, with compliment slip attached stating that it had been forwarded to McKenzie as Edward Bullard thought he might like to see it, 29 December 1966;

JANUARY 1967
Alan Smith, Department of Geology, University of Cambridge, England, possible island arc systems of Greece and Crete, 5 January 1967 [letter is mistakenly dated 1966]; Alan Smith, [Department of Geology, University of Cambridge], theorising how the ocean trench systems [particularly around Japan and south east Asia] associated with sea-floor spreading are compatible with the apparently contradictory activities of ocean ridge structures, and suggests that the Earth is expanding, 7 January 1967; Robert A Phinney, professor of geophysics, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, concerning the publication of the proceedings of the conference 'History of the Earth's Crust', [held at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, 10-11 November, 1966], at which McKenzie presented a paper ["The geophysical importance of high-temperature creep"], 25-26 January 1967*;

FEBRUARY 1967
Cutting of article ''Crisis in the Knowledge Industry" by Andrew Kopkind, regarding the sacking of Clark Kerr as president of the University of California, taken from the 'New Statesman', 3 February 1967; Robert K McConnell jnr, Arthur D Little Inc, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, suggesting corrections to two of the equations in McKenzie's paper "The viscosity of the lower mantle", 'Journal of Geophysical Research', vol 71 (1966), pp3995-4010, 7 February 1967; Mark Langseth, Lamont Geological Observatory, Columbia University, New York, USA, forwarding his paper on heat-flow (with a correction) in relation to ocean ridges and trenches as McKenzie is working on the subject, 10 February 1967; William Prager, professor of applied mechanics, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Sciences, University of California, San Diego, USA, recommending publications for McKenzie's research, 20 February 1967;

MARCH 1967
William 'Bill' Kaula, professor in the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, UCLA, sending detailed editorial comments on McKenzie's paper "The geophysical importance of high-temperature creep"[ibid], 12 March 1968; Robert K McConnell jnr, Arthur D Little Inc, further corrections to the equations in McKenzie's paper "The viscosity of the lower mantle" [ibid], 13 March 1967; Robert B Gordon, professor, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, discussing errors in Conyer Herring's paper [probably "Diffusional viscosity of a polycrystalline solid", 'Journal of Applied Physics', vol 21 (1950) pp437-445] and thanking McKenzie for pointing them out, 23 March 1967; Nigel Weiss, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, England, describing his present teaching commitments at the University and responding to McKenzie's questions on anisotropic viscosity and differential rotation, 25 March 1967; John Elliott Nafe, professor, Lamont Geological Observatory of Columbia University, brief letter declaring his intention to forward his recently submitted paper to McKenzie once it is published, 27 March 1967; Lynn R Sykes, Lamont Geological Observatory of Columbia University, arrangements for McKenzie's forthcoming visit to the institution, 29 March 1967; postcard from Julian Hunt, giving a brief account of his trip to Greece, Egypt and Africa, [n.d]; copy letter from McKenzie to Professor C W Jones, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England, submitting an unnamed paper to be published in the 'Quarterly Journal of Applied Mathematics', 31 March 1967;

APRIL 1967
John Semple Galbraith, Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, USA, offering McKenzie an 11 month post as Assistant Professor and Assistant Research Geophysicist, 7 April 1967; Michael James Lighthill [later Sir James Lighthill], Royal Society Research Professor, Imperial College of Science and Technology, thanking McKenzie for sending him his dissertation and papers and encouraging him to come to Imperial College, 12 April 1967; Alan Smith, Department of Geology, University of Cambridge, briefly describing his current research project in Greece, and informing McKenzie that he has done little thinking on the mechanisms of continental margins, 29 April 1967;

MAY 1967
Copy letter from McKenzie to John Semple Galbraith, Chancellor of the University of California, refusing offer of post, 1 May 1967; copy letter from McKenzie to Professor Michael James Lighthill, Royal Society Research Professor, Imperial College of Science and Technology, enquiring if Lighthill could help with his research on geophysical fluid dynamics, and detailing his own academic intentions for the next year, 8 May 1967; IOU note concerning a loan from Teddy Bullard to McKenzie, 1965-1967*; brief copy letters from McKenzie to Raymond Hide, Professor of Geophysics and Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, stating that he has accepted a position at Imperial College and asking if he would provide comments on an unnamed paper which he has recently submitted, 16-17 May 1967; copy letter to Nigel Weiss, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, asking if Weiss could send a copy of McKenzie's current paper on von Zeipel currents in a viscous sphere [see: LDGSL/1107/B/2/3] to Dr Leon Mestel, and the probability of a job at Imperial College, 16 May 1967; Michael James Lighthill, Royal Society Research Professor, Imperial College of Science and Technology, detailing the research posts available at Imperial College starting in the Autumn of 1968 and enquiring if any appeal, 18 May 1967; Sir Edward 'Teddy' Bullard, head of the Department of Geodesy and Geophysics, University of Cambridge, recommending that McKenzie stay at Caltech but if he wishes to move to La Jolla it is easy to organise, 30 May 1967*; copy letter from McKenzie to Professor Michael James Lighthill, Royal Society Research Professor, Imperial College of Science and Technology, stating that he would prefer to accept a Fellowship rather than a teaching post at Imperial but would like to retain a visiting faculty post at Caltech, 31 May 1967;

JUNE-JULY 1967
Copy letters from McKenzie to the senior administrative staff of Caltech, resigning his Research Fellowship post at the university, 5 June 1967; Michael James Lighthill, Royal Society Research Professor, Imperial College of Science and Technology, suggesting that McKenzie submits an application for an ICI research fellowship to begin in the autumn of 1969, 7 June 1967; Alar Toomre, Associate Professor of Mathematics, MIT, forwarding a letter to Gordon MacDonald [not included] on the Earth's equatorial bulge as it relates to McKenzie's earlier paper ["The viscosity of the lower mantle", ibid], 8 June 1967; Frederick T Wall, Vice Chancellor, University of California, San Diego, offering McKenzie the post of Assistant Research Geophysicist II in the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, 14 June 1967; Professor V A Magnitsky, Soviet Geophysical Committee, inviting McKenzie to take part in a 'Symposium on Phase Transitions and High Pressures and Temperatures' to be held in 1968, 15 June 1967, includes copy reply from McKenzie declining the invitation, 22 June 1967; copy letter from McKenzie to Robert 'Bob' Phinney, professor of geophysics, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, thanking him for the offer of a visiting lectureship, 22 June 1967*; Julian Hunt, Research Associate at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, New York, USA, social catch up and news on their mutual Cambridge acquaintances, 24 June 1967; copy letter from McKenzie, 27 June 1967, and reply from Orson LaMar Anderson, editor of the 'Journal of Geophysical Research', 11 July 1967, regarding McKenzie's paper submitted to the publication.
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Administrative HistoryOn graduating with a PhD from the University of Cambridge in November 1966, McKenzie spent periods throughout the next three years as a visiting fellow or associate at a number of American universities. Between January-June 1967, McKenzie held a Research Fellowship in the Division of Geology, California Institute of Technology [Caltech], Pasadena, California, USA.
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LanguageEnglish
ArchNoteDescription by Caroline Lam
CreatorNameMCKENZIE | Dan Peter | 1942- | geophysicist
ANDERSON | Don Lynn | 1933- | geophysicist and Director of the Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
ANDERSON | Orson LaMar | fl.1948- | geophysicist
BULLARD | Sir | Edward 'Teddy' Crisp | 1907-1980 | marine geophysicist
DIX | Charles Hewitt | 1905- 1984 | geophysicist
GALBRAITH | John Semple | 1916-2003 | historian and university administrator
GORDON | Robert Boyd | 1929- | geophysicist
HUNT | Julian | 1941- | mathematician and professor of climatology
KAULA | William Mason | 1926-2000 | geophysicist and geodesist
LANGSETH | Marcus Gerhardt | 1932-1997 | ocean geoscientist
LIGHTHILL | Sir | [Michael] James | 1924-1998 | applied mathematician and university administrator
MCCONNELL | Robert Kendall | junior | 1937- | geophysicist
NAFE | Robert Elliott | 1914-1996 | seismologist
PHINNEY | Robert A | 1936- | geophysicist
PRAGER | William | 1903-1980 | professor of applied mathematics
SMITH | Alan Gilbert | 1937-2017 | geologist
SYKES | Lynn R | 1937- | geologist and geophysicist
TOOMRE | Alar | 1937- | astronomer and mathematician
WALL | Frederick T | 1912- | professor of chemistry and university administrator
WEISS | Nigel Oscar | 1936- | astronomer and mathematician
SubjectSeafloor spreading
TermContinental drift
Persons
CodePersonNameDates
DS/UK/1192MCKENZIE; Dan Peter (1942-); geophysicist1942-
DS/UK/1193SMITH; Alan Gilbert (1937-2017); geologist1937-2017
DS/UK/1194ANDERSON; Don Lynn (1933-); geophysicist and Director of the Seismological Laboratory, CALTECH1933-
DS/UK/1195LANGSETH; Marcus Gerhardt (1932-1997); ocean geoscientist1932-1997
DS/UK/1196PHINNEY; Robert A (1936-); geophysicist1936-
DS/UK/1197PRAGER; William (1903-1980); professor of applied mathematics1903-1980
DS/UK/1198KAULA; William Mason (1926-2000); geophysicist and geodesist1926-2000
DS/UK/1199GORDON; Robert Boyd (1929-); geophysicist1929-
DS/UK/1200WEISS; Nigel Oscar (1936-); astronomer and mathematician1936-
DS/UK/1201NAFE; Robert Elliott (1914-1996); seismologist1914-1996
DS/UK/1202SYKES; Lynn R (1937-); geologist and geophysicist1937-
DS/UK/1203GALBRAITH; John Semple (1916-2003); historian and university administrator1916-2003
DS/UK/1204LIGHTHILL; Sir; [Michael] James (1924-1998); applied mathematician and university administrator1924-1998
DS/UK/864BULLARD; Sir; Edward Crisp (1907-1980); marine geophysicist1907-1980
DS/UK/1205WALL; Frederick T (b.1912); professor of chemistry and university administratorb.1912
DS/UK/1206HUNT; Julian (1941-); mathematician and professor of climatology1941-
DS/UK/1208ANDERSON; Orson LaMar (fl.1948-); geophysicistfl.1948-
DS/UK/1260MCCONNELL; Robert Kendall (1937-); junior; geophysicist1937-
DS/UK/1808DIX; Charles Hewitt (1905-1984); geophysicist1905-1984
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