Karl Wolfgang Böer papers


Creator: Böer, K. W. (Karl Wolfgang), 1926-2018
Date(s): 1945-2003
Bulk Dates: 1961-1986
Call Number: MSS 0483
Language: Materials in English and German.
Abstract: Physicist, inventor, university professor, and solar energy pioneer Karl Wolfgang Böer was born March 23, 1926, in Berlin, Germany. He became a naturalized American citizen in August 1972. The Karl Wolfgang Böer papers, 1945-2003, document the life work and professional career of this German-American physicist, inventor, university professor, and solar energy pioneer. Böer's work in solid state technology, understanding the photoconductivity and structure of cadmium sulfide, and photovoltaics are seminal to twentieth-century advances in solar energy conversion and the modern energy conservation movements. Dr. Böer's papers are integrally related to his career at the University of Delaware, where he has been since 1961. The collection reflects a relationship with the institution that allowed Böer to fulfill his academic role and conduct scientific research, while also allowing him every opportunity to build research laboratories and pursue entrepreneurial initiatives applying advances in technologies resulting from his research.
Physical Description: 148 linear feet
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Gift of Karl W. Böer; multiple accessions, 1992 - 2003
Processing Information: Processing of the Karl Wolfgang Böer Papers was supported by a grant from the Friends of the Center for the History of Physics of the American Institute of Physics.

January 2003 - January 2004 by Gerald Cloud, David DeMare Stivers, Carrie Foley, Theresa Hessey, Andrea Keppers, and Melissa Poinsett. Further encoding by Lauren Connolly, September 2015, and Tiffany Saulter, November 2015. Additional encoding by Jaime Margalotti, November 2019.

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