Fonds MG 3028 - David Arnold Keys Fonds

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David Arnold Keys Fonds

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CA MUA MG 3028

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  • 1931-1947 (Creation)
    Keys, D. A. (David Arnold), 1890-1977

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11 cm of textual records.

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David Keys was born in Toronto on November 4th, 1890. He graduated from the University of Toronto with his B.A. in 1915 and his M.A. in 1916. He pursued graduate studies at Harvard (M.A. 1917, Ph.D. 1920) and Cambridge (Ph.D. 1922) before coming to McGill as Assistant Professor of physics. He later rose to become Associate Professor (1927), Professor (1929) and Macdonald Professor of Physics (1942). During the Second World War, he directed training programs at McGill for R.C.A.F. radio technicians, and in 1945 he became director of Special Courses for Veterans. As Vice-President of the National Research Council, Keys was appointed director of the Chalk River nuclear research project in 1947. Although his major research interest lay in geophysics, he also published a number of papers on ionization. Keys retired in 1961, dedicating his time to writing his memoirs, which remain unpublished. He passed away in 1977.

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Fonds contains a transcript of Keys' radio broadcast on "Radio in the Mammoth Cave of Kentucky" (1931) and files of correspondence with university, military, and government officials concerning the McGill Radio Mechanics Training Course (1941-1945). There are also a few teaching materials from this course.

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Material in English.

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454, 663

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