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Latham, David W.
Oral history interview with David W. Latham, 2006 October 8.
In this interview David Latham discusses: his family background and early education; going to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for his undergraduate degree; decided to study astronomy as his post graduate degree at Harvard University; Sputnik satellite; finding work at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; working with Charles A. Whitney, Owen Gingerich, Eugene Avrett; taking courses from Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin on stellar spectroscopy; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; George Field; Leo Goldberg; equipment he worked with; Bart Bok; Donald Menzel; Harvard College Observatory; James Baker; Fred Whipple; stellar spectra; Kitt Peak Observatory; Don Hayes; Mt. Hopkins Observatory; Gerry Kron; Fred Chaffee; high-resolution spectroscopy; helping build telescopes for new observatories; Agassiz station; making cathodes; Herb Gursky; Marc Davis; American Astronomical Society (AAS); red shift survey; John Huchra; binary stars; Tsevi Mazeh; International Astronomical Union (IAU); stellar velocity measurements; Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI); Paul Horowitz; extrasolar planet research; space interferometry mission; atmospheric extinction; Chuck Lundquist; optical and infrared astronomy; Andrea Dupree.
Ph.D., Harvard University (1970); senior astronomer at Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; senior lecturer on astronomy at Harvard University; research interests include formation and evolution of binary stars, observational cosmology and the large-scale structure of the universe, kinematics and dynamical evolution of star clusters, and the origins and evolution of the chemical elements in our galaxy.
Avrett, Eugene H., 1933-
Baker, James Gilbert
Bok, Bart J. (Bart Jan), 1906-1983
Chaffee, Frederic H., 1941-
Davis, M. (Marc)
Dupree, Andrea K.
Field, George B., 1929-
Gaposchkin, Cecilia Helena Payne, 1900-
Gingerich, Owen.
Goldberg, Leo
Gursky, Herbert.
Hayes, D. S. (Donald S.)
Horowitz, Paul, 1942-
Huchra, John P.
Kron, Gerald Edward, 1913-
Latham, David W.
Lundquist, Charles A.
Mazeh, Tsevi
Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976
Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004
Whitney, Charles Allen
American Astronomical Society
Harvard College Observatory.
Harvard University.
Harvard University.
International Astronomical Union
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mt. Hopkins Observatory.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (Study group : U.S.)
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Astronomical spectroscopy
Astronomy
Cathodes.
Double stars.
Extrasolar planets.
High resolution spectroscopy.
Red shift
Space interferometry.
Sputnik satellites
Stars -- Spectra.
Telescopes.
Telescopes -- Design and construction.
Interviews. aat
Oral histories. aat
Transcripts. aat
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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