Ernest Klema Papers, 1942 -- 2006


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4.8 Cubic Feet

Ernest Donald Klema was born October 4, 1920 in Wilson, Kansas. He received a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1941 and an M.A. in Physics from the University of Kansas in 1942. Soon after starting graduate school at Princeton University, his professor and project were transferred to Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory including Klema. There, Klema worked on a Van de Graaff project from 1943-46. According to Klema, the young scientists at Los Alamos organized the Los Alamos University after the war. Courses were organized to permit the scientists to catch up on coursework they had missed during the war. Students traded notes from courses with each other. Instructors for the courses included Enrico Fermi, Victor Weisskopf, Hans Bethe, and Julian Schwinger.

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