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Aller, Lawrence H. (Lawrence Hugh), 1913-2003
Oral history interview with Lawrence H. Aller, 1979 August 18.
Childhood; early interest in science (astronomy). Member of Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1928. Special student at University of California at Berkeley, 1931, with Donald H. Menzel's help. Regular student from 1932; comments on teachers and fellow students at Berkeley Student Observatory. Summer assistantship at Lick Observatory (Nicholas Mayall, Arthur B. Wyse), life at Lick Observatory. To Harvard University in 1937 for graduate studies; comparison between Harvard and Berkeley/Lick; teaching assistant at Radcliffe; 3-year membership in Harvard Society of Fellows, from 1939, of enormous importance for his development; works with Menzel and James G. Baker on the Theory of Physical Processes in Gaseous Nebulae, 1937; Analysis of the Atmospheres of the A-type Dwarfs Gamma Geminorum and Sirius based on data from Louis Berman; Jesse Greenstein. Comments on Harvard Summer Schools, Harlow Shapley's "Hollow Square." Volunteer teacher of elementary physics courses from 1942 at Harvard. Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, 1943-1945; work involved evaluation of the chemists and the Counting Group's output from the electromagnetic separation process. Job offer from University of Indiana (Frank Edmunson) accepted due to cutback at Radiation Laboratory. Indiana years, 1945-1948, very productive (drafts for two astrophysics books); problems getting telescope time at Yerkes Observatory and unsatisfactory living conditions leads to acceptance of a promising tenured position at Michigan, a center with very active research due to Leo Goldberg; Robert McMath's influence in the department; Keith Pierce and Aller's work on infrared solar spectrum. Work performed at Mt. Wilson Observatory and Dominion Astrophysical Observatory. Goldberg resigns in 1959; comments on Aller's decision to leave Michigan; discussions of funding; "over-head" (Aller's talk at an AAAS Meeting); comparison of Lick Observatory and Kitt Peak Observatory policies. Work at Mt. Stromlo Observatory, Australia on sabbatical visits, 1960, 1968-1969, 1977-1978. Overview of opinions of the present state of astronomy. Comments on personal life, wife and children.
Bohm, David, 1917-1992.
Bowen, Ira Sprague, 1898-1973
Edmondson, Frank K. (Frank Kelley), 1912-
Goldberg, Leo.
Greenstein, Jesse L. (Jesse Leonard), 1909-
Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958.
Leuschner, Armin Otto, b. 1868.
Massey, Harrie Stewart Wilson, Sir.
Mayall, N. U. (Nicholas Ulrich), 1906-
Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976
Minkowski, Rudolph Leo Bernhard, 1895-1976.
Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957.
Shane, Charles Donald, 1895-1983.
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
Trumpler, Robert J. (Robert Julius), b. 1886.
Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory.
Harvard University.
Harvard University. Society of Fellows.
Indiana University.
Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.
Lick Observatory.
McDonald Observatory.
Mount Stromlo Observatory.
Mount Wilson Observatory.
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
University of California, Los Angeles.
University of California, Berkeley.
University of Michigan.
Yerkes Observatory.
Astronomy.
Astrophysics
Infrared spectra.
Physics -- Study and teaching.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Transcripts. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Baker, James Gilbert
Beals, Carlyle Smith, 1899-
Berman. Louis.
Bok, Bart J. (Bart Jan), 1906-1983
Crawford, David Livingstone, 1931-
Crawford, R. T. (Russell Tracy), b. 1876.
Curtis, Heber Doust
Liller, William, 1927-
McLaughlin, Dean B.
McMath, Robert R. (Robert Raynolds), 1891-1962
Niehuss, Marvin.
Palmer, G. Wesley.
Pierce, Keith.
Weaver, Harold F.
Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947.
Wright, William Hammond.
Wyse, Arthur B.
Astronomy -- Study and teaching.
Leuschner Observatory.
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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