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Watson, Fletcher G. (Fletcher Guard)
Oral History interview with Fletcher G. Watson, 1990 November 20.
In this interview, Watson begins with a discussion of his early education and his introduction to science and astronomy, then continues to discuss: his undergraduate experiences at Pomona College, and his move to graduate school at Harvard University; his professional and social relationship with Harlow Shapley; his recollections of other physicists and scholars at Harvard including Bark Bok, Donald Menzel, Cecelia Payne Gaposchkin, Annie Jump Cannon, Dorrit Hoffleit; his move into the field of astronomy education; his work at Harvard College Observatory; and a broad comparison between a career as a scholar and a career as an educator. Other affiliations and topics discussed include: Walter Whitney, meteor observation and meteorite craters.
Fletcher Guard Watson (1912-1997), astronomer. Education: B.A., astronomy, Pomona College; M.A. and Ph.D., astronomy, Harvard University. Professional experience: Harvard College Observatory staff; Professor of science education, Graduate School of Education, Harvard (1946-1977); founder and co-director of Harvard Project Physics. Research interests: meteors, meteorites, solar observation, physics education.
Bok, Bart J. (Bart Jan), 1906-1983
Cannon, Annie Jump, 1863-1941.
Payne-Gaposchkin, Cecilia, 1900-1979-
Hoffleit, Dorrit
Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
Watson, Fletcher G. (Fletcher Guard)
Whitney, Walter Ticknor.
Harvard College Observatory
Harvard University.
Pomona College (Claremont, Calif.)
Astronomy -- History
Astronomy -- Study and teaching.
Meteorite craters
Meteors -- Observations
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Doel, Ronald Edmund interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA