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Oral history interview with Geoffrey R. Burbidge, 1974 November 15.

Author: Geoffrey R Burbidge; Paul Wright
Edition/Format:   Archival material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Early life in the Cotswolds, England; Bristol University, 1943, and physics program during WWII; teachers include Nevill Mott and Edward Tyndall; effect of WWII; work with Harrie Massey on meson capture; University College, London; meets wife and growing contacts in astronomy, late 1940s; thesis, 1952; work in stellar atmosphere; visit to U.S. at Howard and Terkes, 1951-1953; Cavendish group under Martin Ryle, house  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Interviews
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Named Person: Halton C Arp; Walter Baade; E Margaret Burbidge; Geoffrey R Burbidge; S Chandrasekhar; P A M Dirac; Enrico Fermi; William A Fowler; J E Gunn; Fred Hoyle; Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey, Sir.; N F Mott, Sir; Martin Ryle; Allan Sandage; Maarten Schmidt; Edward P T Tyndall; A F Wolfe; Halton C Arp; Walter Baade; E Margaret Burbidge; Geoffrey R Burbidge; S Chandrasekhar; P A M Dirac; Enrico Fermi; William A Fowler; J E Gunn; Fred Hoyle; Harrie Stewart Wilson Massey, Sir; N F Mott, Sir; Martin Ryle; Allan Sandage; Maarten Schmidt
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey R Burbidge; Paul Wright
OCLC Number: 966223527
Notes: Interview conducted by Paul Wright, 15 November 1974.
Interview conducted as part of the Sources for History of Modern Astrophysics (SHMA) project.
Description: Transcript: 30 pages.

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Early life in the Cotswolds, England; Bristol University, 1943, and physics program during WWII; teachers include Nevill Mott and Edward Tyndall; effect of WWII; work with Harrie Massey on meson capture; University College, London; meets wife and growing contacts in astronomy, late 1940s; thesis, 1952; work in stellar atmosphere; visit to U.S. at Howard and Terkes, 1951-1953; Cavendish group under Martin Ryle, house theoretician; contact with William Fowler and growing interest in nucleosynthesis, 1954; fellowship at Pasadena, 1955; opinions on operation of major observatories, philosophy of cosmological research, reaction to steady state; problem of high energy sources, synchrotron radiation; belief structure in cosmology; Halton Arp's work; Nuclear Processes in AstrophysicsB︣2FH; Yerkes Observatory, 1957; physics of galaxies, 1959. Also prominently mentioned are: Wilhelm Heinrich Walter Baade, Margaret Burbidge, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Paul A. M. Dirac, Enrico Fermi, William Alfred Fowler, James Edward Gunn, Fred Hoyle, Martin Ryle, Allan Sandage, Maarten Schmidt, and Arthur Wolfe.

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