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Kevin H. Prendergast papers, 1954-1990

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1023
Bib ID 5490814 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Prendergast, Kevin H
Title Kevin H. Prendergast papers, 1954-1990
Physical Description 20 linear feet (20 linear feet 48 boxes)
Language(s) Material is in English.
Access

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Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 12 series: Series I: Personal; Series II: Astronomy; Series III: Dynamical Systems and Applied Mathematics; Series IV: Numerical Hydrodynamics; Series V: Applications of Hydrodynamics and Rarified Gas Dynamics; Series VI: Miscellaneous; Series VII: Published Papers; Series VIII: Lecture Notes; Series IX: Astronomy Department/Professional Organizations; Series X: Ephemera; Series XI: Papers by Others; Series XII: Printed Material

Description

Summary

Correspondence, manuscripts, lectures, notes, and printed materials of Kevin H. Prendergast, a prominent astronomer who worked in the fields off dynamics of many-body systems, the rotation curves of galaxies, and X-ray binary systems.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Available for faculty, students, and researchers engaged in scholarly publication projects.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Permission to publish materials must also be obtained in writing from the Director of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Kevin H. Prendergast papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers processed Wei-Hwan Chiang 10/2005.

Revision Description

2010-02-24 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Asteroids Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Barred galaxies -- Rotation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. Department of Astronomy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cosmology Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dwarf galaxies Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Galactic dynamics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Spiral galaxies -- Rotation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stars -- Clusters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stellar dynamics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
X-ray binaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
X-ray sources, Galactic -- Accretion Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Prendergast received his Ph.D. at Columbia in 1954 and then went to the University of Chicago, returning to Columbia as a professor in 1962. He chaired the Columbia astronomy department from 1978 to 1984, retiring in 2000 with a long trail of successful young theorists in his wake. Prendergast was an icon in the field of dynamics of many-body systems. He also was well known for a series of papers in the 1960s and 1970s, written with Geoffrey and Margaret Burbidge, on understanding the rotation curves of galaxies. Numerous theoretical studies of the structure of galaxies followed, and he was a pioneer in the study of X-ray binary systems. In addition to Prendergast's professional accomplishments, he was also a skilled pianist and an avid sailor. During his long career, Prendergast became famous for using yellow legal pads, on which he had scrawled analyses of many problems in astronomical dynamics. His classes were renowned for the exactitude of his standards and the high percentage of faculty in attendance. During one year, regularly attending faculty outnumbered students.