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Brobeck, William Morrison, 1908-
Oral history interview with William M. Brobeck, 1975 June 19, 29, October 26 and 1976 February 1.
Born 1908 in Berkeley, California. Family background and early education. Stanford University undergraduate studies in engineering, from 1926. MIT Master's Program in Engineering, from 1930. Comparison between Stanford and MIT. Job with Doble Steam Motors (Besler Systems), 1932. University of California Radiation Laboratory (receiving no salary for severher faculty members, 1937-1940. Theoretical Physics Journal Club with J. Robert Oppenheimer. Extensive discussions of the 37-inch cyclotron, planning and building of the 60-inch cyclotron (Donald Cooksey and Brobeck). War research: radio frequency systems, fission work, security at the laboratory, planning and early part of construction of the 184-inch cyclotron, 1941; stopped due to the uranium project. Conversion of 37-inch cyclotron for mass spectroscopy (Frank Oppenheimer). Establishment of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Brobeck's involvement); the Alpha-1 race track breakdown. Postwar reorganization: the use of the calutron, political issues, loyalty oath (Bernard Peters), getting the lab off war work, completion of the 184-inch cyclotron (Alfred Loomis' interest and fund raising; Leslie Groves). Lawrence's weekly meetings with Luis Alvarez, Brobeck, Donald Cooksey, Edward McMillan, and Edward Teller. Comments on Lawrence as a leader. Plans for 10 BeV Bevatron (problems with the name). Comments on the "Rad Lab Style." The Materials Testing Accelerator.
Alvarez, Luis W., 1911-1988-
Groves, Leslie R., 1896-1970
Lawrence, Ernest Orlando, 1901-1958.
McMillan, Edwin M. (Edwin Mattison), 1907-
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967
Teller, Edward, 1908-2003
Oppenheimer, Frank, 1912-1985
Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Stanford University.
Cyclotrons.
Fund raising.
Materials -- Testing.
Nuclear fission.
Particle accelerators.
Proton synchrotrons.
Radio frequency.
Science -- Laboratories.
Science -- Political aspects.
Science and state.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Theoretical physics
Spectrum analysis.
Cooksey, Donald.
Loomis, Alfred L. (Alfred Lee), 1887-1975.
Peters, Bernard.
Doble Steam Motors.
Hale, Graham, interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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