Register of

Hans Suess Papers

1875 -- 1989

MSS 0199

Mandeville Special Collections Library
Geisel Library
University of California, San Diego

Papers of Hans Suess, an Austrian-born geochemist who pioneered radiocarbon dating techniques and was a founding faculty member of the University of California, San Diego. Suess worked with Hans Jensen on the development of the nuclear shell model, a project for which Jensen was later honored with the Nobel Prize. Roger Revelle recruited Suess for the faculty of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1955, and three years later Suess became one of the first four faculty members of the newly-established UCSD campus. Suess served as professor of Geochemistry at UCSD from 1958 to 1977 and was designated Emeritus Professor in 1977. Suess was responsible for developing carbon-14 dating theories and has contributed to knowledge of the origin of the elements and the evolution of the solar system.

The papers span the years 1875-1989 and are organized into eleven series: 1) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS; 2) CORRESPONDENCE; 3) CONFERENCES; 4) CONTRACTS, GRANTS, and PROPOSALS; 5) SUBJECT FILES; 6) AWARDS; 7) TEACHING MATERIALS; 8) WRITINGS BY SUESS; 9) WRITINGS BY OTHERS; 10) PHOTOGRAPHS; and 11) PHOTOCOPIED ORIGINALS FROM THE COLLECTION. The collection contains correspondence with prominent scientists and UCSD faculty, including Gustaf Arrhenius, Jomar Brun, Werner Heisenberg, Hans Jensen, Maria Goeppert Mayer, Roger Revelle, William Nierenberg, Linus Pauling, Carl Sagan, Leo Szilard, and Harold Urey. Many of the correspondence files and the writings by Suess are in German.

Extent: 23.60 linear feet (56 archives boxes, 1 card file box and 5 oversize folders)

This version of the finding aid was produced on 11/25/1996.