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Frederic Palmer, Jr. autobiography


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Frederic Palmer, Jr. was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on October 17, 1878. He attended the Phillips Academy and Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1900 with a degree in Physics. He obtained his MA from Harvard in 1904 and then became an instructor at Haverford College, before finishing his PhD at Harvard in 1913.

Palmer was a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers and published multiple papers about pedagogy in Physics. He retired from Haverford College in 1945 in order to work for the National Defense Research Committee until the end of World War II. Then he worked at the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia before retiring at the age of 80. Palmer died in 1967.

The collection contains a typescript of the autobiography of Frederic Palmer, Jr. written for the American Institute of Physics.

The materials are arranged chronologically.

Processed by Alexa Horkava, completed November 2021


Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Alexa Horkava
Finding Aid Date
November, 2021
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Frederic Palmer, Jr. autobiography, 1965.
Box 1

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