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Harwit, Martin, 1931-
Oral History interview with Martin Harwit, 1983 April 19, June 20, and June 22.
After surveying Martin Harwit's family background and early education, the interview concentrates on: his graduate education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; his career in physics at Cambridge Unviersity as a NATO Fellow; his time at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) as a National Science Foundation Fellow; and, principally, his work at Cornell as assistant and associate professor of astronomoy, professor, and chairman of the Physics department. While discussing his childhood and education, Harwit addresses the antisemitism he and his family faced in German and in the United States. This interview covers a broad range of his scientific interest: galaxy and star formations; comets; infrared optics, especially relating to detector technology; infrared astronomy; rocketry; history of philosophy in science; use of balloons in observation; and astronomy education. Some affliliations discussed include: John Decker, Herbert Friedman, Thomas Gold, and Fred Hoyle.
Astrophysicist. Affiliations include: PhD., Physics, MIT, 1960; professor of astronomy at Cornell University; Naval Research Laboratory; Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Research interests include: observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, infrared astronomy, galaxy formation, and the history of astronomy and astrophysics.
Decker, John A.
Friedman, Herbert, 1916-2000
Gold, Thomas.
Harwit, Martin, 1931-
Hoyle, Fred, 1915-2001
Cornell University Dept. of Physics
Infrared Astronomical Satellite.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)
University of Cambridge.
Astrophysical concepts.
Antisemitism.
Astrophysics -- History.
Astrophysics -- Study and teaching.
Balloons in astronomy.
Comets
Galaxies -- Formation
Infrared astronomy
Science -- Philosophy -- History.
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United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Airborne Astronomy 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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