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The Victor Wouk Collection
The Brothers Wouk--Victor (left), MS '40, PhD '42, a pioneer in electric and hybrid vehicle development, and Herman, the noted author. The two brothers came to Caltech on April 14, 2004 to celebrate Herman's new novel, A Hole in Texas, and Victor's donation of his papers to the Caltech Archives. Both connected intimately to Caltech, Victor and Herman--in substantially different ways--have been significant contributors to American science and culture since the Second World War.
was born in the Bronx, in New York City, in 1919. He received his bachelor's degree from Columbia College (1939) and his master's (1940) and doctoral degrees (1942) from the California Institute of Technology in electrical engineering. His subsequent work and research have been extraordinarily diverse--ranging from processing frozen shrimp to extending incandescent lamp life--although most of his time and energy have been devoted to the development of hybrid motor vehicles and the use of semiconductors in electric vehicles. In the course of his career, he has been granted numerous patents, expertly managed several successful businesses and consulted for such organizations as the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT, and NASA.