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Michael Polanyi publications compiled by Gilbert Doan

Identifier: SC MS 0322

Scope and Contents

22 articles by Michael Polanyi published in various journals and magazines between 1952-1970. Polanyi and Gilbert Doan seemed to be close friends since most of the reprints have been sent to Doan by Polanyi.


  • Creation: 1952-1970


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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Michael Polanyi was a physical chemist, economist, and philosopher from what is now Ukraine. His work in chemistry and science led to the development of solid mechanics, created the theory of fibre diffraction analysis, and was influential in the field of adsorption. His research was encouraged by some of the best minds of his time, including Albert Einstein. Two of his pupils and his son would go on to win Nobel Prizes in Chemistry. Later in life, Polanyi focused more on economics and philosophy. He became well known for his opposition to positivism and made great strides in the philosophy of knowledge. Gilbert Doan’s biography can be found on Lehigh’s website here:


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The collection contains works by Michael Polanyi from 1952 to 1970. It includes technical papers, philosophical articles and lectures, and critiques of his work. The articles were collected by Lehigh Materials Science and Engineering Professor Gilbert Doan.


The contents of the collection arranged chronologically by publication date.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Professor Gilbert Doan’s son Gilbert E. Doan, November 17, 2016.


Michael Polanyi publications collected by Gilbert Doan
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