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Papers of George O.G. Lof

 Collection
Identifier: ULOF

Scope and Contents

The Papers of George O.G. Lof consists of documents dated 1961 to 1997, with the bulk falling from 1974 to 1985. The collection contains reports and articles authored by Lof or created by the Solar Energy Applications Laboratory (SEAL).

Dates

  • 1961-1997
  • Majority of material found within 1974-1985

Creator

Restrictions on Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.

Biography

George O.G. Lof was a pioneer in solar research and its applications. Lof founded the Solar Energy Applications Laboratory at Colorado State University in 1972.

George Lof was born in Aspen, Colorado, on December 13, 1913, and later moved to Denver with his family. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Denver, and his master's and doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Lof first became involved with solar energy while at MIT. He married Laura Davadell Scobey and had three children.

Since the 1940s, his career in solar thermal, building analysis, and HVAC systems earned him worldwide recognition as one of the early groundbreaking leaders of solar research. In 1957, he built the first solar heating system for his own residence in Denver. Lof joined Colorado State University part-time in 1967 and was appointed as a faculty member in the Department of Civil Engineering in 1971. In 1972, he founded the Solar Energy Applications Laboratory (SEAL) on the Foothills Campus. SEAL was established to carry out experiments in solar heating and cooling of buildings and solar water heating. When the lab's first structure, Solar House I, was built in 1974, it was the first house in the world engineered to be both heated and cooled with solar energy. Lof retired from CSU in 1987, but maintained his connections to campus by serving as senior adviser to SEAL and part-time instructor in civil engineering.

Lof was a consultant for the United Nations, the State Department, and various organizations. He was involved in exchange programs and projects in the former Soviet Union, China, Poland, Israel, Libya, Australia, and South Africa. In addition to solar energy conversion, his specialties included fluid mechanics, hydraulics, sanitary engineering, environmental engineering, and water desalting. He served as board member and president (1973-1975) of the International Solar Energy Society and on the board of the American Solar Energy Society.

In addition to CSU, Lof taught at the University of Denver, where he directed the Industrial Research Institute, and at the University of Wisconsin. Outside of academia, he designed, manufactured, and installed home solar heating systems for the Solaron Corp. George Lof died on October 12, 2009.

Extent

3.5 linear feet (2 record cartons, 1 document case)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

George Lof (1913-2009) was a pioneer in solar thermal, building analysis, and HVAC systems. He founded the Solar Energy Applications Laboratory (SEAL) on Colorado State University's Foothills Campus in 1972. His distinctive career earned him worldwide recognition as one of the early groundbreaking leaders of solar research. Materials include reports and articles.

Arrangement

The collection consists of 1 series in 2 record cartons and 1 document case:

Series 1: Reports and articles, 1961-1997

Acquisition

The Papers of George O.G. Lof was donated by George Lof in March 2007.

Related Collections

Records of the Solar Energy Applications Laboratory and Solar Village, University Archive, Colorado State University.

Papers of C. Byron Winn, University Archive, Colorado State University.

Processing

Processing was completed in July 2015. Materials were rehoused in acid-free folders and boxes.

Title
Guide to the Papers of George O.G. Lof
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Prepared by Karen Spilman
Date
Copyright 2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA
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