John A. Thornton Papers, 1943-44, 1948-89, 1991 | University of Illinois Archives
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Papers of John Alexander Thornton (1938-87), Professor of Physical Metallurgy and Research Professor in the Coordinated Sciences, Laboratory (1984-87), including publications, reprints, correspondence, notes, financial records, personal documents, date books, photographs, letter of condolence and correspondence of Thornton's wife Joy after Thornton's death, concerning Thorntons' research interests including thin film deposition techniques, plasma physics, metallic and non-metallic coatings, and vacuum technology; Litton Systems; the Telic Corporation, of which Thornton was Director, Research and Development (1969-73) and Vice President, Research and Development (1973- ); Thornton's professional career, and his students.The series also contains correspondence and notes (restricted) regarding Thornton's social life in high school and college.
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