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Edwin H. Hall papers

Identifier: M264

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Scope and Content

Published papers and texts by Hall make up the bulk of the collection. Also included are biographical material, diplomas, Hall's notebook with class notes taken while he was an undergraduate, and two photoprints of Hall by Bachrach Studios.


  • Creation: 1874-1939


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Biographical/Historical Note

Edwin Herbert Hall, known to physicists as the discoverer of the Hall effect, was born November 7, 1855 in Gorham, Maine. After attending Gorham Seminary, he entered Bowdoin at age 15 and graduated with an A.B. in 1875. During 1875-1876 he served as principal at Gould's Academy in Bethel, Maine, and during 1876-1877 he was principal at Brunswick High School. In 1877 he entered Johns Hopkins University as a graduate student of physics, receiving a Ph.D. in 1880. Hall received an honorary LL.D. degree from Bowdoin in 1905, but spent most of his career at Harvard, where he taught from 1881 until 1921. Besides the Hall effect which he discovered while working on his Ph.D., Hall was notable for contributions to the teaching of physics and was made the first honorary member of the American Association of Physics Teachers. A writer, he authored physics textbooks as well as scientific papers. Hall died on November 20, 1938 in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the age of 83.


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Published papers and texts by Hall, notebooks, biographical materials, and photographs.

Guide to the Edward H. Hall Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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