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Goldberg, Leo.
Oral History interview with Leo Goldberg, 1983 August 9 and October 10.
This interview reviews Goldberg's affiliations with Harvard University, both as a student and as an educator. Session 1 focuses on his education in astrophysics at Harvard, centered on a photograph of the summer school class at Harvard, 1936. Goldberg identifies many of the faces in the photograph, commenting on his relationship with each person. Many of the students in the picture are women, and Goldberg comments on the role of the female graduate students in the astronomy department of Harvard. As a whole, these stories provide insight into the interwoven social and scientific aspects of Goldberg's activitis as a graduate student. His frequent social and professional contact with Harlow Shapley and Donald H. Menzel is discussed. Session 2 appraises Goldberg's career at Harvard, where he was a Higgins professor of astronomy, Chairman of the Astronomy department, and Director of the Harvard College Observatory. Goldberg relates his decision to come to Harvard from Michigan, then discusses his scientific work while at Harvard, as well as internal politics and conflicts. A brief account is given of his decision to go to Kitt Peak, where he served as Director from 1971-1977. Other names discussed in both sessions include: Ted Sterne, Fred Whipple, George Z. Dimitroff, Frank Edmondson, and Richard Emberson, William Liller, Donald Menzel, spectrum analysis and the use of shock tubes in research and development.
Leo Goldberg (1913-1987), Astronomer. Astronomy Department at the University of Michigan (1946-1960); election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1958); chaired the Astronomy Department and Higgins Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University (1960-1971); Director of the Harvard College Observatory (1966-1971); Chair of NASAs Astronomy Missions Board (1967-1970); Director of Kitt Peak National Observatory (1971-1977): President of the International Astronomical Union; and the first incumbent of the Martin Marietta Chair of Space History at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1977.
Edmondson, Frank K. (Frank Kelley), 1912-
Goldberg, Leo.
Liller, William, 1927-
Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
Sterne, Theodore E.
Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004
Harvard College Observatory
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Goddard Institute for Space Studies.
Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Astronomy -- Social aspects.
Astronomy -- Study and teaching (Higher)
Astrophysics -- History
Shock tubes
Spectrum analysis.
Women in astronomy.
Women in science
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Baker, James Gilbert
Dimitroff, George Zakharieff, 1901-
Emberson, Richard Maury, 1914-
Gingerich, Owen interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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