Fonds F0787 - Mark W.P. Cann fonds

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Mark W.P. Cann fonds

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  • 1959-1999 (Creation)

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0.9 m of textual records

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Mark William Philip Cann (physicist, teacher) was born on 2 September 1932 in Dalhousie, India and spent his early years in Kashmir before his family moved to England. He was educated at Bradfield College, Berkshire, and earned a Master's degree in physics from Clare College, University of Cambridge. Cann began his career at Rolls Royce, where he worked on the United Kingdom's first nuclear submarine. He and his young family emigrated to the United States in 1963, when he joined the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute in Chicago, Illinois as a research physicist. Cann was hired by York University in 1969 and worked with the Centre for Research in Experimental Space Science (CRESS), becoming an expert in synthetic spectroscopy. He died on 5 December 2021.

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Fonds consists of documents created or received by Mark W.P. Cann during his career as a physicist with the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute in Chicago and with York University’s Centre for Research in Experimental Space Science, including research notes, proposals for projects, reports, spectrum graphs, wave line profiles, computer program printouts, tables and graphs, transparencies for presentations, and three infrared transmission studies on 35 mm film.

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Donated by Rebecca Cann, Professor Cann's daughter, in 2023.


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  • English

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2024/02/18 Michael Moir. Created.

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