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Frosch, Robert A. (Robert Alan), 1928-
Oral History interview with Robert Alan Frosch, 1981 July 10, 23, August 19, September 15 and October 6.
This interview reviews Frosch's early schooling in the New York City Public School system, his education at Columbia University and, in detail, his varied career as a physicist and a science administrator, beginning with his work as a research scientist at Hudson Laboratory and then as Assistant Director and Director of the Theoretical Division. Other topics and affiliations discussed include: Advance Research Project Agency (ARPA); United States Navy; United Nations Environmental Programme; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (administration, research and development techniques, business practices, reorganization, communication); Naval Research Laboratory (NRL); Navy Radiological Laboratory; National Academy of Sciences (NAS); Wallops Center; Dryden Flight Research Facility; Goddard Institute of Space Studies; Office of Naval Research (ONR); JASON Foundation for Education; Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA); Office of Management and Budget (OMB); SOLRAD (SOLar RADiation Satellite Program); Enterprise; Mansfield Amendment; CLOT test (combined loads orbiter test); Gamma-Ray Observatory (GRO); VELA Program; Atomic bomb; relationships between US Navy and NASA; militarization of space exploration; space exploration policy; sonar navigation; musical theory and acoustics; project management theory; satellite communication systems; underwater acoustics and modelling; remote sensing; seismology; shuttle flight testing and preparation; I.I. Rabi; Henry Foley; Charles H. Townes; Ivan Tolstoy; Frank Press; Jimmy Carter, among others.
Robert A. Frosch is a Senior Research Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in 1952 from Columbia University in Theoretical Physics and later conducted research in ocean acoustics at Columbia. He has served as Director for Nuclear Test Detection and Deputy Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in the Department of Defense, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research and Development, Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Associate Director for Applied Oceanography of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Foreign Member of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and a fellow or member of a number of professional societies.
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Frosch, Robert A. (Robert Alan), 1928-
Press, Frank, 1924-
Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988
Tolstoy, Ivan, 1923-
Townes, Charles H.
Columbia University Dept. of Physics. -- Study and teaching.
Dryden Flight Research Facility
Enterprise (Space shuttle)
Gamma-Ray Observatory
Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Institute for Defense Analyses. JASON Division.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.)
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)
New York City Public Schools. -- History.
Project Apollo (U.S.)
United Nations Environment Programme
United States. Advanced Research Projects Agency.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. -- Management.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. -- Technological Innovations.
United States. Navy
United States. Office of Management and Budget.
United States. Office of Naval Research.
VELA Program (U.S.)
Wallops Flight Center.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Artificial satellites -- Communication systems.
Astronautics -- Research.
Atomic bomb -- Social aspects.
Music -- Acoustics and physics.
Physics -- Administration.
Remote sensing
Seismology
Sonar
Space sciences -- Administration -- United States.
Outer space -- Exploration.
Interviews. aat
Oral histories. aat
Transcripts. aat
Mansfield Amendment.
Foley, Henry Michael, 1917-1982.
Columbia University. Hudson Laboratory.
Navy Radiological Laboratory.
Solar Radiation Satellite Program.
DeVorkin, David H., 1944- interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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