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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.
United States. 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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