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Oral history interview with Jesse Leonard Greenstein, 1977 April 7 to 1978 May 19.

Author: Jesse L Greenstein; Spencer R Weart
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Microfilm : English
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Childhood in New York City; studying astronomy and literature at Harvard University (1925-1929, M.A. 1930); work during the Depression in real estate and at Columbia University; graduate education in the new astrophysics at Harvard, 1934-1937, contacts with Harlow Shapley, Cecilia Payne (Gaposchkin), Henry N. Russell; work at Yerkes Observatory from 1937: nebular spectroscopy, stellar composition, stellar
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Genre/Form: Oral history
Interview
Audiotapes
Transcript
Named Person: Walter Baade; Ira Sprague Bowen; S Chandrasekhar; Lee A DuBridge; Cecilia Helena Payne Gaposchkin; Henry Norris Russell; Maarten Schmidt; Harlow Shapley; Bengt Strömgren; Otto Struve; F Zwicky
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Jesse L Greenstein; Spencer R Weart
OCLC Number: 80524753
Notes: Interview conducted by Spencer R. Weart, 7 April 1977 to 19 May 1978.
Interview conducted as part of the Sources for History of Modern Astrophysics (SHMA) project.
Reproduction Notes: 10" microfilm reel. Bethesda, Md. Cutting Corp., 2004. 4 reels. Original recording remastered onto 10" reels.
Description: 4 sessions, audio tape, 17 cassettes, 16.5 hr. Transcript, 257 pages

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Childhood in New York City; studying astronomy and literature at Harvard University (1925-1929, M.A. 1930); work during the Depression in real estate and at Columbia University; graduate education in the new astrophysics at Harvard, 1934-1937, contacts with Harlow Shapley, Cecilia Payne (Gaposchkin), Henry N. Russell; work at Yerkes Observatory from 1937: nebular spectroscopy, stellar composition, stellar atmospheres; contacts with Otto Struve, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Bengt Strömgren; optical design work during World War II. Move to Caltech, 1947, contacts with Walter Baade, Ira Bowen, Fritz Zwicky, Maarten Schmidt, Lee Dubridge, etc.; organization, administration, research conditions, and allocation of observing time at Mt. Wilson and Palomar Observatories; work in building up astronomy department at Caltech, character of staff relations, and fund-raising. Postwar work on abundances of elements, white dwarf stars, high-dispersion spectroscopy, radio astronomy, and quasars; ideas about cosmology and other topics. Involvement with military advising at Caltech from 1950, satellite reconnaissance, and industrial advising; early work on rocket astronomy and as senior adviser to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), ca. 1957-1977. Editor of "Stellar Atmospheres" series; work with National Academy of Sciences and author of its 1972 astronomy survey; efforts to popularize astronomy. Ideas about large space-

And ground-based telescopes. Particular attention is given to the organizational strengths and weaknesses of important astronomy organizations. Also prominently mentioned is: Alexander Velikovsky.

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