Careers & Advancement

Life in Times of Turbulent Transitions
The Autobiography of Arthur Robert von Hippel

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AUTOBIOGRAPHY

Arthur Robert von Hippel
(1898-2003)


This is the personal and professional autobiography of Arthur R. von Hippel, who was born in Rostock, Germany, in 1898 and died in Newton, Massachusetts, in 2003.
Copyright © 1988 Estate of Arthur R. von Hippel
All rights reserved

Our children create the Present, our grandchildren look toward the Future, and I — a relic of the Past — brought them into this adventure. Thus an honest accounting is due them of their origin and of our lives and times with our aspirations and actions, failures and possible accomplishments. Facts and wish-fulfillment tend to mingle; let's hope we can distinguish. And let the angel's song in Goethe's "Faust" be our consolation: "Whoever strives, we can redeem."
--AvH, 1982
  

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Notes and References

Appendix—A Man of Habit
A Remembrance by Paul T. von Hippel 

Lightning Strokes in Other Worlds
The Wonders of Lichtenberg Figures by Arthur R. von Hippel 

Illustrations—Lightning Strokes in Other Worlds
The Wonders of Lichtenberg Figures by Arthur R. von Hippel