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Allan M. Cormack Papers

Call Number: MS018

Scope and Contents

This collection includes papers documenting Allan M. Cormack's professional life, beginning with his early career at the University of Cape Town. The bulk of the material originates from Cormack's years as a professor of physics at Tufts. The material includes correspondence; notes and calculations; experimental data; reports, manuscripts, preprints, and reprints; lectures; course material; overhead transparencies; photographs; and video footage of a television interview with Cormack. These items relate to Cormack's scientific interests, including his research in particle and medical physics and applied mathematics, as well as other aspects of his physics career, such as pedagogical and administrative duties and peer and tenure review. Also recorded are Cormack's activities relating to the Nobel Prize and the Nobel Foundation.


  • Creation: 1909 -- 1997


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have been transferred to Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

Allan MacLeod Cormack (1924-1998) joined Tufts in 1957 as a professor in the Department of Physics. A faculty member for 22 years, he received the Ballou Medal in 1978, and won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work developing the computerized axial tomography (CAT) scan.


12.85 Linear Feet (16 boxes)


This collection is organized into eight series: Subject files; Notebooks; Correspondence; Meetings, ceremonies, lectures, and professional travel; Curricular material; Publications and presentations; Papers by other scientists; Photographs.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States