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A Guide to the Frank Bradshaw Wood Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dina Benson

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
June 2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wood, Frank Bradshaw, 1915-1997
Title: Frank Bradshaw Wood Papers
Dates: 1936-1981
Abstract: The papers of physicist Frank Bradshaw Wood including his research and papers on binary stars and related topics.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 box.
Identification: Ms Coll. 115
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Frank Bradshaw Wood was born on December 21, 1915 in Jackson, Tennessee. He received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Florida in 1936, and completed master's and doctoral degrees at Princeton University in 1940 and 1941 respectively. Dr. Wood served active duty in the United States Naval Reserve between June 1941 and January 1946, at which point he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He proceeded to teach at the University of Arizona, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Florida. He primarily researched interacting binary stars, creating a substantial collection of published works on this topic and others. He was active in a number of scientific organizations, often assuming the role of committee member or officer. Dr. Wood passed away on December 20, 1997 in Gainesville, FL.

Scope and Content

The papers of Frank Bradshaw Wood include his research and papers on binary stars and related topics, as well as information about Dr. Wood's proposed work in Antarctica. Records of grants and honors received highlight Dr. Wood's many accomplishments. Also included among his papers are blueprints of the observatory Wood proposed to build at Antarctica.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank Bradshaw Wood Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Acquisition Information

The Frank Bradshaw Wood Papers were donated by Dr. Wood in 1986.

Contents List

1 Correspondence. 1966-1978
1 Professional Information. 1968-1976
1 Honors, Invitations, and Grants Received. 1936-1976
1 Publications and Other Essays (folder 1 of 2). 1941-1979
1 Publications and Other Essays (folder 2 of 2). 1941-1979
1 Antarctica Research Proposals. 1972-1981
1 Antarctica Telescope Research. 1972
1 Observatory Blueprints. 1971
1 Calculations and Tables. n.d.
1 Miscellaneous. 1956-1978

Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Astronomers Addresses, essays, lectures.
Astronomers Correspondence.
Astronomers United States Biography.
Astronomical instruments

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