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Oral history interview with Gordon J. MacDonald, 1993 November 15, 1994 March 18 and 1995 August 4.

Author: Gordon J MacDonald; Ronald Edmund Doel
Edition/Format:   Archival material : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Early life; study of chemistry and geology at Harvard University (1946-1950, AB); influence of Wendell Furry, John Rosenfeld, Jim Thompson, Francis Birch, Percy Bridgman, Cliff Frondell, Marlon Billings, R.A. Daly and Kirtley Mather. Harlow Shapley and McCarthyism at Harvard University. Elected to Harvard Society of Fellows, sponsored by George Kennedy (1951-1952, AM; 1953-1954, Ph. D.). High pressure studies of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
History
Named Person: Philip Hauge Abelson; Francis Birch; P W Bridgman; W H Furry; Fred Hoyle; M King Hubbert; Gordon J MacDonald; Harlow Shapley; James B Thompson; John W Tukey; Merle Antony Tuve; Harold Clayton Urey; Marlon Billings; R A Daly; Fowler.; Cliff Frondell; Greenstein.; George Kennedy; Kirtley Mather; Tom Noland; John L Rosenfeld; Bill Rubey; Wasserberg.; Philip Hauge Abelson; Francis Birch; P W Bridgman; W H Furry; Fred Hoyle; M King Hubbert; Gordon J MacDonald; Harlow Shapley; James B Thompson; John W Tukey; Merle Antony Tuve; Harold Clayton Urey
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon J MacDonald; Ronald Edmund Doel
OCLC Number: 966100399
Notes: Advance notice of two business days required to use audio or video tapes.
Interviews were conducted on November 15, 1993, March 18, 1994 and August 4, 1995, by Ronald Doel.
Reproduction Notes: Digital master copy 2013. saved to external hard drive, Loan copies may be made from digital copy.
Description: Transcript: 78 pages audio recording: 7 cassettes (7 hr.)

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Early life; study of chemistry and geology at Harvard University (1946-1950, AB); influence of Wendell Furry, John Rosenfeld, Jim Thompson, Francis Birch, Percy Bridgman, Cliff Frondell, Marlon Billings, R.A. Daly and Kirtley Mather. Harlow Shapley and McCarthyism at Harvard University. Elected to Harvard Society of Fellows, sponsored by George Kennedy (1951-1952, AM; 1953-1954, Ph. D.). High pressure studies of jadeite. Arguments about continental drift theories of Jeffreys and Harold Urey's views of geochemical history. Assistant then Associate Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1954-1958); use of computers and time-series analysis and the influence of Steve Simpson. Discussions of geophysical research among King Hubbert, Tom Noland, Phil Abelson, Merle Tuve, and Bill Rubey. Research at Caltech with Fowler, Wasserberg, Greenstein, influence of Fred Hoyle. Editor of the "Journal of Atmospheric Sciences." Relationship of cosmology to geophysics. Development of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. John Tukey's report on greenhouse effect. Reaction to M's paper "How to Wreck the Environment". Early history of the Environmental Science Services Administration.

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