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Interview with Clare Mallory Millikan

Millikan, Clare Mallory (2012) Interview with Clare Mallory Millikan. [Oral History]

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An interview in January 1981 with Clare Mallory Millikan, daughter of mountaineer George Mallory and wife of Glenn Millkan (1906-1947), second son of Robert Andrews Millikan, Caltech’s first executive head. In this interview, Mrs. Millikan recalls meeting her future husband in 1937, while she was a Cambridge university undergraduate reading history and Glenn Millikan, a Cambridge PhD, was a tutorial supervisor at Trinity College and working under E. D. Adrian in the university’s Physiology Department. She discusses their mutual love of hiking and climbing. A year later, they were married, and when World War II broke out they were in the United States, where Glenn soon went to work for Detlev Bronk, at the Johnson Foundation for Medical Physics of the University of Pennsylvania, and later at Cornell Medical College in New York City. She describes their lives during the war years and something of his work with John Pappenheimer on the Millikan oximeter, with which the U.S. Army Air Force equipped its fighter pilots to keep them from blacking out at high altitudes. She recalls their move to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1946, where Glenn Millikan headed the Physiology Department, and his fatal accident in May 1947 while they were climbing in the Cumberland Mountains. She remarks on her impressions of and relations with her in-laws: Robert and Greta Millikan and Glenn’s two brothers, Clark and Max Millikan.

Item Type:Oral History
Additional Information:Papers Of Glenn Millikan 1929-1947 at the Archives, California Institute of Technology. Glenn A. Millikan was the second son of Robert A. and Greta B. Millikan. He was a physiologist known for experimental work on the speed of a reaction of oxygen with the blood pigments hemoglobin & hemocyanin. The papers include family correspondence.
Keywords:Millikan family, administration, biology, physiology
Record Number:CaltechOH:OH_Millikan_C
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URLURL TypeDescription GuideGuide to the Papers of Robert Andrews Millikan, 1821-1953
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URLDescription A. Millikan Oil Drop Experiment Notebooks, Notebook One A. Millikan Oil Drop Experiment Notebooks, Notebook Two
Official Citation:Millikan, Clare Mallory. Interview by Albert F. Gunns. Pasadena, California, January 20, 1981. Oral History Project, California Institute of Technology Archives. Retrieved [supply date of retrieval] from the World Wide Web:
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Subjects > Biology
Subjects > Administration
ID Code:201
Deposited By: Oral Histories Administrator
Deposited On:21 Sep 2012 17:12
Last Modified:04 Oct 2019 15:23

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