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Millikan, Clark Blanchard

Joseph D. Zund

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1301139

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Millikan, Clark Blanchard (23 August 1903–02 January 1966), aeronautical engineer, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Robert Andrews Millikan, a physicist, and Greta Irvin Blanchard. Millikan’s father was a distinguished physicist (Nobel Prize, 1923), and one of the founders of the California Institute of Technology. Millikan attended the preparatory high school of the University of Chicago and upon his graduation in 1919 studied for one year at the University of California at Berkeley and Throop College of Technology (later California Institute of Technology) in Pasadena. In 1920 he entered Yale, where he majored in mathematics and physics and received his A.B. in 1924. He then began graduate work at Caltech, where he was awarded his Ph.D. in physics with a dissertation, “Some Problems in the Steady Motion of Viscous, Incompressible Fluids, with Particular Reference to a Variational Principle,” under the direction of ...

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