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Gordon, William Edwin, 1918-
Oral history interview with William E. Gordon, 1994 November 28.
Topics discussed by William Gordon include: the Waynick Memorial Lecture; Gordon's dissertation work on radio propagation and scattering; the theoretical foundation for the conception of the Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory, its design, the search for project funding which led to the adoption of a parabolic antenna design devised by researchers at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories. Gordon discusses the addition of radar and radio astronomy to the Arecibo instrument's research agenda, and a number of problems he encountered after completion of the facility: the conflict with Gold, difficulties with the reed and the need for Gregorian optics, the friction with the National Science Foundation and ARPA. He also mentions his reasons for taking a position at Rice University. He concludes with a review of the current Arecibo upgrades and sketches of his former Cornell colleagues.
Gold, Thomas
Gordon, William Edwin, 1918-
Air Force Cambridge Research Center (U.S.)
Arecibo Ionospheric Observatory.
Cornell University -- Faculty.
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Astronomy
Radio astronomy
Radar.
Radar astronomy.
Bowles, Ken.
Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Butrica, Andrew J. interviewer.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. History Office.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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