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Interview with Robert C. Perpall

Perpall, Robert C. (2002) Interview with Robert C. Perpall. [Oral History]

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Robert C. Perpall was born and raised in Los Angeles. He entered Caltech in 1948 and earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1952, and a master's in 1956. Perpall is the historian of Caltech's Gnome Club and a member of the board of SURF [Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships] program. This 29-page interview with Shirley K. Cohen covers Perpall's undergraduate years at Caltech, including his memories of Lee DuBridge, Rodman Paul and George Beadle. As well as discussing his involvement with the SURF program, Perpall's reminiscences include the history of the Gnome Club at Caltech--its early history as a fraternity (Kappa Gamma) and its later revival as a social club.

Item Type:Oral History
Keywords:Mechanical engineering; administration; students
Record Number:CaltechOH:OH_Perpall_R
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Official Citation:Perpall, Robert. Interview by Shirley K. Cohen. Pasadena, California, November 15, 1999. Oral History Project, California Institute of Technology Archives. Retrieved [supply date of retrieval] from the World Wide Web:
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Subjects:All Records
Subjects > Humanities
Subjects > Engineering
Subjects > Administration
ID Code:101
Deposited By: Oral Histories Administrator
Deposited On:11 Mar 2005
Last Modified:04 Oct 2019 15:23

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