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Frerichs, Rudolf, 1901-1982

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1901 - 1982

Rudolf Frerichs was born on April 4, 1901, in Cologne, Germany. He received his Ph.D. in physics in 1924 from the University of Bonn.

Frerichs came to Northwestern in 1947, at the request of Prof. Robert J. Cashman, to work as a research investigator in the Department of Physics. In 1952 he joined Prof. Huxford's project, in the same department. In 1956 Frerichs was appointed to the faculty as a professor of electrical engineering in the Technological Institute. In 1969 he became emeritus.

On June 27, 1935, Frerichs married Gisela Katharina Marek in Berlin. The couple had a daughter, Almut, born May 4, 1938, and a son, Ralph, born October 3, 1942.

Frerichs' interests have dealt with ultraviolet research, new light sources, the development of the cadmium-sulfide photoconductive cell, the discovery of infrared-transmitting arsenic-trisulfide glass, low-pressure xenon arc tubes, and the production of superconducting films.

Frerichs died on November 27, 1982.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Rudolf Frerichs (1901-1982) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 22/4/12
Abstract Rudolf Frerichs came to Northwestern University in 1947, to work as a research investigator in the Department of Physics. In 1956 he was appointed professor of electrical engineering in the Technological Institute. This small collection of papers includes biographical materials, correspondence, and research files, and spans the period 1947 to 1983; most of the material falls between 1947 and 1965.