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Bell Solar Energy Experiment kit

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSP 86

Scope and Contents

The Bell Solar Energy Experiment Kit (1962; 0.2 cubic feet) developed by Purdue alumnus, William E. Taylor, was one of the kits designed for classroom use by students who had demonstrated high scientific aptitudes.  Program materials were distributed to high schools by the local Bell System telephone companies.  The pamphlets, books and manuals that came with the kits were written by Bell Telephone employees who had Ph.Ds.  The pamphlet in this kit was written by D.M. Chaplin.  The kit is in the original box, along with contents

Dates

  • 1962
  • Other: Date acquired: 03/10/2011

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for use.

Biographical / Historical

William E. Taylor, a Purdue alumnus; Bachelor of Science, Materials Engineering, 1942 and Ph.D. 1950 developed the Bell Solar Energy Experiment Kit. The following is from the Bell System memorial home page. It explains what the kits were all about: “Bell Labs Science Experiment Kits: Bell Labs produced some very sophisticated kits which included manuals (and books) written by Bell System employees with PhD degrees. These weren't your typical kits like you buy today where you just snap part A to part B and hook up a 9 Volt battery. No, these were in a class of their own. The books themselves go into great depth on the subject material.

A flyer titled "Bell System aids to high school science" tells educators to contact their local Bell Telephone company for details on obtaining a limited quantity of kits for free. Barbara A. Sweeney of the AT&T archives department stated that there were five titles in a series of "Bell System Aids to High School Science Programs". The first science kits from the program, which was introduced in 1961, included: "From Sun to Sound", "Speech Synthesis", "Energy from the Sun" and "Experiments with Crystals and Light". In 1968, another kit was made available called CARDIAC. These kits were designed for classroom use by students who had demonstrated high scientific aptitudes. Program materials were distributed to high schools by the local Bell System telephone companies. Figures are not available on the number of kits that were made.”

The kit in the collection is contained in the original box and also includes the pamphlet, “Energy from the sun,” by D.M. Chaplin, 1962 William E. Taylor was acknowledged as the Distinguished Engineering Alumnus in 1968 for his work in basic inventions in power transistor fabrication techniques. He was then Staff Assistant, New Business Studies, Semiconductor Products Division, Motorola, Inc.

Source(s): Retrieved August 1, 2011 from: http://www.porticus.org/bell/belllabs_kits_se.html

Retrieved August 1, 2011 from: https://engineering.purdue.edu/MSE/People/Alumni/dea.html

Extent

0.20 Cubic Feet

1 small artifact box other_unmapped

Abstract

Experiment kit developed for Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated by Purdue alumnus, William E. Taylor, and pamphlet by D.M. Chaplin.

Source of Acquisition

Michael and Judith Humnicky

Method of Acquisition

Donation.

Existence and Location of Originals

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Related Materials

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Processing Information

The kit is in the original box, along with contents. The kit and pamphlet have been placed in an archival acid-free box.
Title
Bell Solar Energy Experiment kit
Author
Mary A. Sego
Date
11/10/2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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