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Bethe, Hans A, (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005
Oral history interview with Hans Bethe, 1966 October 27, 28, 1967 November 17, 1972 May 8 and 9.
Natural radioactivity; ideas of nuclear constitution and size in 1920s; Gamow-Condon-Gurney theory of alpha decay, 1928; discovery of neutron, 1932; University of Cambridge as center of research, 1933; early theories of nuclear forces; analysis of short-range nuclear forces, 1935-1940; reasons for writing articles in Reviews of Modern Physics, 1935-1937, and detailed review of contents of articles; beta decay and the neutrino hypothesis; application to nuclear physics of group-theoretic methods, 1936-1937; compound nucleus model, 1936; nuclear models in general (compound nucleus, evaporation, liquid drop, direct interaction, statistical); contemporary knowledge of nuclear physics, 1938-1939; stellar energy production; energy limit on cyclotron; accelerators and theoreticians; nuclear physics at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory; postwar conferences; origins and development of the shell model of the nucleus; many-body theory in nuclear physics; current algebras in particle physics; origins and development of the optical model and the collective model; autobiographical comments on political, social, and scientific conditions in Germany and England in the early 1930s; nuclear studies at Cornell University after the war; building the H-bomb; the J. Robert Oppenheimer hearings; work as a consultant, 1950-1970; involvement with the President's Science Advisory Committee (PSAC), 1956; views on disarmament; Nobel Prize in 1967.Copy also available at Cornell University, John M. Olin Library, Ithaca, NY.
Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005
Cornell University
Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
United States. President's Science Advisory Committee
Alpha decay.
Beta decay.
Hydrogen bomb.
Many-body problem.
Nobel Prizes.
Nuclear forces (Physics)
Nuclear models.
Nuclear physics.
Nuclear shell theory.
Stellar energy.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Transcripts. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Mehra, Jagdish. interviewer.
Weiner, Charles. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA