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Title Oral History of David Harker
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content Longtime Mill Valley resident David Harker was born in San Francisco on October 19th, 1906. His earliest memories are of living in Mill Valley as a young child and attending a German kindergarten on Summit Avenue. David graduated with honors from UC Berkeley's College of Chemistry in 1928, and later earned his PhD from the California Institute of Technology. In 1975, David met and married Deborah Harker. He would go on to become an internationally honored scientist and educator who made his mark largely in the specialty of crystallology, although he was also in demand as a lecturer and teacher in the related fields of physics and chemistry. In his oral history, David recounts commuting from Mill Valley to Berkeley, stories from the Mill Valley Fire of 1929, relocating throughout the country for school and work, events from World War I, and his thoughts and philosophy on the important role of science in the pursuit of truth.
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Dates of Creation 1978-02-13
Narrator's name Harker, David
Interviewer Mosher, Carl
Extent and Medium Transcript: 45pp
Recording: 01:35:57
Search Terms 1929 Fire
Chemistry
de Savich, Katherine
Dowd's stable
Emigration & immigration
Fires
Harker, Deborah
Harker, George Asa
Harker, Katherine
History
Mill Valley Fire
Pauling, Linus
Rowan, Andrew Summers, Col.
Science
Scientists
Totheroh, Dan
World War I
Object ID 1978.009.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 1978. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.