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- Eugenia Coppee Griffith, Marie Pauline Coppee, Harriet de Witt Coppee Duncan.
[Letter]  [to] Edith Wharton / Eugenia Coppee Griffith, Marie Pauline Coppee, Harriet de Witt Coppee Duncan.
Eugenia and her sisters write to Wharton "with great gratitude and appreciation" for Wharton's "tribute to our father, Henry Coppée" in Wharton's 1934 autobiography A Backward Glance. Wharton's text mentions the influence Coppée's Elements of Logic (c.1857) had upon her thinking.
- Faraday, Michael, 1791-1867.
[Letter] 1853 June 23 [to] [London Times] / M[ichael] Faraday.
Faraday writes regarding the spiritualist phenomenon of table-turning occuring during seances in which Victorian believers sought to communicate with their dead. Faraday declares himself "greatly startled by the revelation which this purely physical subject has made of the condition of the public mind." Mesmerists saw Faraday's discovery of diamagnetism as an important breakthrough, and when table-turning and spiritualism became popular in the early 1850s, Faraday wrote this letter to the Times (published June 30) to discredit the phenomenon and expalin it in scientific, rather than spiritual, terms. He published a longer letter in the Athenaeum the following week (July 2). In the wake of angry letters from table turners, Faraday and Henry Bence Jones organized a lecture series following up on the points Faraday made in his article; Prince Albert attended two of these lectures. A philosopher as well as a scientist, Faraday experimented with electricity, chemistry, radiation, and physics. Sir Humphrey Davy, whose influence secured Faraday his first position as a laboratory assistant at the Royal Institution, was his mentor, and his contemporary John Tyndall (whose work, along with Davy's, is also represented in the collection) wrote Faraday's biography in 1872. Faraday became director of the laboratory in the Royal Institution in 1825 where he devised a lecture series, taught chemistry at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich, became a fellow of the Royal Society as well as a scientific adviser to the Corporation of Trinity House, and his portrait appears on the Bank of England's twenty-pound note.
- Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964.
[Letter] 1928 November 17, Stanford University, California [to] William Clancy / Herbert Hoover.
Hoover thanks Clancy for his letter and states his appreciation of "your confidence and the good wishes which you send me." Before becoming the thirty-first President of the United States (1929-1933), Hoover worked as an engineer in China during the Boxer Rebellion, later assisting the American Consul in evacuating citizens at the start of World War I. He headed the Food Administration under President Wilson and served as Secretary of Commerce under Presidents Harding and Coolidge, and he served on special committees to reorganize the Executive Departments under Presidents Truman and Eisenhower. Hoover published his memoirs in 1951, discussing the Great Depression which began after the stock market crashed in the first year of his Presidency.
- Hughes, Percy, 1872-.
[Letter] 1914 March 4, South Bethlehem, PA [to] Dr. C.W. Macfarlane, Philadelphia / Percy Hughes.
Hughes thanks Macfarlane for the "neat edition of your Founder's Day Address." He then states that philosophers are to blame for not following Hegel's resynthesis of scientific abstraction; if they did so, it would be possible for poets and philosophers as well as scientists to benefit. Hughes states that one of Macfarlane's suggestions has been useful to his work in the past. He then poses a series of questions about the economic model of history as related to Protestantism and Catholicism, asking to be referred to any publications in which Macfarlane addresses these issues. In addition to publishing introductory texts to the study of psychology, Hughes also penned Four Years at Lehigh : How Make the Most of Them? (c. 1929).
The letter's recipient, Charles William Macfarlane was an engineer, economist and builder. He attended Lehigh University where he received a degree in civil engineering in 1876 and remained for graduate work. He went to work for William Sellers and Company in Philadelphia. From 1888-1889 he attended the University of Pennsylvania for graduate studies in philosophy, history and economics. He received his Ph.D. in Germany. He wrote theoretical works in economics and donated his works and library to Lehigh University.
- Humphrey, Hubert H. (Hubert Horatio), 1911-1978.
[Letter] 1966 February 8 [to] Dr. W. Deming Lewis, Bethlehem, PA / Hubert H. Humphrey.
Humphrey commends Lewis on the "splendid work by your institution in the space-science endeavors of our country." He is attaching the President's comprehensive report to Congress on space-science activities. Humphrey served as mayor of Minneapolis, Senator from Minnesota (1949-1964), and Lyndon Johnson's Vice President. After his unsuccessful bid for the Presidency, he taught at Macalester College and the University of Minnesota and served again in the Senate (1971-1978). A former space engineer and researcher, Lewis became the tenth president of Lehigh (1964-1982). During Lewis' presidency, women were admitted to Lehigh, new majors in the sciences were established, and buildings Whitaker Laboratory, the Mart Science and Engineering Library, and Sinclair Laboratory were completed; the original Physics Laboratory is named in his honor.
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