Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Konopinski mss., 1934-1988, consist of the papers and writings of physicist Emil John Konopinski, 1911-1990. Born in Michigan City, Indiana, Konopinski did all of his college work at the University of Michigan, completing his Ph.D. in 1936. He was a National Research Fellow at Cornell University, 1936-1938, then joined the Indiana University Physics Department as an assistant professor in 1938. In 1943 he has a leave of absence for the duration of the war during which time he worked at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project and made the calculations which proved that an explosion of a hydrogen bomb would not ignite the atmosphere or oceans and destroy the earth. He retired as Distinguished Service Professor of Physics in May 1977.

The collection includes some correspondence, lecture and course notes, an original draft of his calculations regarding ignition of the atmosphere, and off prints of his many articles on physics.

Collection size: 110 items

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