Wayne Alexander Bowers was born in 1919 in Bilbao, Spain, and spent his childhood in small towns in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia. Graduating from high school at 15, he completed his undergraduate studies at Oberlin College in 1938. In 1943, he earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Solid State Physics from Cornell University, where he studied under 1967 Nobel Prize in Physics winner Hans Bethe. Bowers joined the Theoretical Division of the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos in 1944, working again with Hans Bethe, who headed that unit; served as research associate at MIT in 1946-1947; and joined the physics faculty at the University of North Carolina in 1947. He retired from full-time teaching in 1984, but continued teaching part-time while remaining active in theoretical physics. He died in Chapel Hill, N.C., in 2008
The collection comprises four handwritten student notebooks kept by W. A. Bowers while a student at Cornell University. The courses, all taught by Hans Bethe, 1939-1940, were: Electromagnetics (#223); Nuclear Theory (#278); Hydrodynamics (#452); Advanced Quantum Mechanics (#481)
Handwritten notes. No page numbers. Text is clipped.