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Albert Raymond Reed Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Mss-0246

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a memoir written in 1982, a topic heading list for the memoir, two undated papers, and an undated photograph of one of the units that provided variable voltage power (AC and DC) for Clemson's Physics Department. The memoirs concentrate on the machines and apparatus he created and the scientific problems he solved as a boy and during his career at Clemson and the Naval Ordnance Laboratory. Biographical details include his studies at Wofford College, meeting his wife, and his retirement. The memoir also has a 1982 color photograph of Reed and his wife Margery, a copy of an undated clipping from The Tiger on the Foucault pendulum he created for the Physics Department, a drawing of a circular wave generator, and calculations on the number of molecules in a drop of water. One of the papers, entitled "Two Important Pieces of Equipment," describes the accelerated motion machine for laboratory use, and the "shoot the can" set for lecture demonstration, both of which were omitted from his memoirs. The second paper, "Some Notes On The Early Development of The Clemson Physics Department," gives a short history of the Department from 1925-1961.


  • 1982, undated


Biographical Note

Albert Raymond Reed was born in North, South Carolina on November 24, 1901, the son of A.M. and Margaret L. Reed. He received his B.A. from Wofford College in 1925 and his M.S. from the University of South Carolina in 1931. In 1929 Reed married Margery E. Rogers in Spartanbug, South Carolina; they had one daughter, Janet Rae. He became an instructor in Mathematics and Physics at Clemson College in 1925 and then solely of Physics in 1927. He was promoted to Assistant Professor of Physics in 1937 and Associate Professor in 9143. During the summers of 1952 and 1954-1957, Reed worked in first the Battery Department then the Instrumentation Specialist Group of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in Silver Springs, Maryland. He was the author of When I Was a Boy (1989), an autobiography. Reed retired from Clemson in 1967 and died December 24, 1991 in Blacksburg, Virginia.


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Immediate Source of Acquisiton

Donated to Clemson University Libraries by Albert Raymond Reed in 1986, accession 86-38.

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Repository Details

Part of the Clemson University Libraries Special Collections and Archives Repository

230 Kappa St.
Clemson SC 29634 U.S.A. US