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American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics. Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations. Phase III: Ground-Based Astronomy, Materials Science, Heavy-Ion and Nuclear Physics, Medical Physics, and Computer-Mediated Collaborations.
Oral history interviews. Ground-based astronomy: Astrophysical Research Consortium, 1996-1997.
Interviews include: Timothy Heckman (Johns Hopkins University); James Gunn (Princeton University); Julie Lutz (Washington State University); Bruce Margon (University of Washington); Jeremiah Ostriker (Princeton University); and Donald York (University of Chicago). Other institutions included in the collaboration were: New Mexico State University, Institute for Advanced Studies, National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation.
A documentation research project to study the complex issues facing the historical documentation of multi-institutional collaborations in physics and allied sciences. Phase III focused on four disciplinary areas of ground-based astronomy, materials science, heavy-ion physics, and medical physics, and a category named computer-mediated collaborations. The Astrophysical Research Consortium (ARC) study was part of a series of four cases to study collaborations that built astronomical observatories. Their design and construction were subject to collaboration management. The ARC built the observatory at Apache Point, New Mexico. The collaboration included the University of Chicago, University of Washington, Washington State University, Princeton University, and New Mexico State University. The objective was to build an optical telescope approaching national-observatory capabilities at 1/4 to 1/3 the cost. Subsequently, the collaboration added Johns Hopkins University and the Institute for Advanced Study to develop a digital sky survey project that did not include New Mexico State or Washington State. Universities contributed their own funds to cover most of the costs of the telescope, but the National Science Foundation funded site development and contributed a mirror whose design and construction it was independently supporting. The Sloan Foundation paid half the costs of the sky survey, whose formal title is the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). The optical telescope was in operation and SDSS was in construction at time of interviewing.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation -- Research grants.
Astrophysical Research Consortium.
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.).
Johns Hopkins University.
New Mexico State University. Astronomy Dept.
Princeton University.
University of Chicago.
University of Washington.
Washington State University.
Astronomical observatories -- Design and construction.
Astronomy -- Documentation.
Group work in research.
Physics -- Archival resources.
Physics -- Research -- Documentation.
Sociology -- Research.
Sociology -- Statistical methods.
Telescopes -- Design and construction.
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Oral histories. aat aat
Transcripts. aat aat
American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics. Study of Multi-Institutional Collaborations.
Heckman, Timothy M. (Timothy Martin), 1951-
Lutz, Julie H.
Margon, Bruce.
Ostriker, J. P.
York, Donald Gilbert, 1944-
Capitos, Anthony, archivist.
Chompalov, Ivan. sociologist.
Genuth, Joel, historian.
Shrum, Wesley, 1953- sociologist.
Warnow-Blewett, Joan. 1931- project director.
Weart, Spencer R., 1942- associate director.
Gunn, J. E. (James Edward), 1938-
Center for History of Physics (American Institute of Physics)
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA