Lester Bernstein Physical Laboratory Notebook
Scope and Contents
The collection contains one student’s Laboratory Notebook dated February 1901- June 1901. The course number for this class was 179a and is described as “Laboratory work illustrating course 179.” Course 179 at this time was “Elementary Physics- mechanics and heat. Lectures, recitations and problem work.” This notebook includes various experiments including, but not limited to the study of thermal expansion, use of a barometer and the study of the principles of movement. The notebook is handwritten, measuring 21 cm and consisting of 120 pages. It also includes numerous tables and diagrams pertaining to these experiments.
- February 1901-June 1901
- Lester Bernstein (ca. 1881-1965) (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Lester Bernstein was born in the early 1880s in the state of Pennsylvania. His parents immigrated to the United States from Germany in the late 1860s. Bernstein attended Lehigh University from 1900-1904. He won several awards and held many positions in numerous societies on campus. In his junior year (1902-03) Bernstein won the Civil Engineering Society Prize, First Honors in his Civil Engineering Course, was the Delegate to the Cleveland Convention and was Civil Engineering Society Treasurer. In his senior year at Lehigh (1903-04) Bernstein was the President of the Civil Engineering Society, Secretary of the Starvation Club, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the 1904 Epitome, and Vice President of his fraternity, Tau Beta Pi. Other awards that he received during his time at Lehigh were the second honors in sophomore English, Williams Prize in English and The Wilbur Prize in Freehand Drawing. He was a member of the Forum and Secretary of the “Lehigh Club of Philadelphia.” He likely served as an engineer for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company in 1917. Lester Bernstein served on the Board for The American Railway Engineering Association in 1918. He later went on to marry Florence Goldsmith and was listed in the 1965 Centennial Directory as living in Los Angeles, California.
1 Notebook, 21 cm, 120 pages
Language of Materials
Lester Bernstein graduated from Lehigh University in 1904 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Bernstein, the Civil Engineering Society Treasurer and President, was awarded the Civil Engineering Society Prize in 1902-03. The collection consists of a Physical Laboratory Notebook from his second semester freshman year (Feb. 1901 – Jun. 1901). This notebook includes experiments on the study of thermal expansion, use of a barometer and the study of the principles of movement.
The materials are arranged chronologically, in the order he took the notes in.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Received by the alumni office in 1997 and given to Beall Fowler, a professor at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA in October of 1997. Transferred from the Physics Department in 2008 to Special Collections.
No additions anticipated.
1 Notebook, 21 cm, 120 pages
- Finding Aid of the Lester Bernstein Physical Laboratory Notebook
- William Ying
- April 23, 2013
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