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Interview with Herbert L. Hahn

Hahn, Herbert L. (1981) Interview with Herbert L. Hahn. [Oral History]

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An interview in four sessions, January 1981, with Pasadena attorney Herbert L. Hahn, a member of Caltech’s Board of Trustees from 1955 through 1969, and a Life Trustee thereafter. He discusses the early history of Caltech at the turn of the 20th century—originally Throop Polytechnic Institute, then Throop College of Technology—as well as the capitalists and entrepreneurs who supported it financially at that time. Describes his early associations and friendships with numerous Caltech trustees and benefactors as an attorney, and how he eventually became a Caltech Associate and later a trustee. He offers recollections of, among others, Robert Andrews Millikan, William Bennett Munro, Royal W. Sorensen, Arnold Beckman, Keith Spalding, Archibald Young, Scott Brown, Albert Ruddock, Philip Fogg, Edward Valentine, Henry Dreyfuss, and Thomas J. Watson Jr., detailing their various contributions to Caltech and to the Pasadena community.

Item Type:Oral History
Keywords:Throop, Caltech Board of Trustees
Record Number:CaltechOH:OH_Hahn_H
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Official Citation:Hahn, Herbert L. Interview by Ruth Powell. Pasadena, California, January 6, 13, 15, and 20, 1981. Oral History Project, California Institute of Technology Archives. Retrieved [supply date of retrieval] from the World Wide Web:
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ID Code:293
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Deposited On:12 Apr 2021 22:19
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