Peter Debye collection

A special division of the cultural heritage collections at the Maastricht University Library is the personal book collection of the Maastricht physicist Peter Debye (1884-1966), Nobel laureate in chemistry in 1936. It was donated by the heirs of Debye to the Maastricht Town Library (Stadsbibliotheek) at the end of the 1960s, and transferred to the Maastricht University Library about 1996.

The collection contains books and scientific reports, as well as some journals, obtained by Peter Debye after his arrival in the United States, early 1940. Books acquired by the Debye before 1940 were left behind in Germany. The largest part of the collection consists of books published between 1940 and 1950. Obviously Debye re-installed a strongly-focussed library immediately after his arrival.

The collection includes most of Debye’s own publications, numerous books on polymer science (his new field in the USA), titles on theoretical physics and on X-ray diffraction, publications of scientific societies and academies of which Debye was a member, books and reports related to his advisory contacts with industrial research organizations (Esso Research and Engineering; DuPont; Celanese; BASF; Hoechst; Philips), histories of universities that awarded him honorary doctorates, and publications of the Robert A. Welch Foundation.

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