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Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995-
Oral history interview with S. Chandrasekhar, 1977 May 17, 18 and October 31.
A thorough, reflective survey of the life and work of this theoretical astrophysicist. Early life and education in India, 1910-1930, and experiences at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 1930-1937, with comments on Edward A. Milne and Arthur S. Eddington; debate with the latter over collapse of white dwarf stars. Move to U.S. in 1937, with comments on the situation at Harvard and Princeton Universities since the 1930s, and especially on Henry N. Russell, John Von Neumann, and Martin Schwarzschild. Social context at University of Chicago and Yerkes Observatory since 1937, with remarks on Gerard Kuiper, Otto Struve, Bengt Strömgren, etc. Work as teacher there, and as editor of Astrophysical Journal from 1951 until it was given to the American Astronomical Society in 1971. Scientific work resulting in Introduction to the Study of Stellar Structure (1939) and publications on stochastic processes in galaxy and in general, radiative transfer, interstellar polarization, hydrodynamics and hydromagnetics (including experimental checks). Recent work on general relativity and Kerr metric; comments on cosmology. General remarks on the social structure of astronomy and its cultural role. Extended discussion of his way of functioning as a theorist. Also prominently mentioned are: Hans Albrecht Bethe, Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, Enrico Fermi, Ralph Howard Fowler, George Gamow, Robert Hutchins, James Jeans, Alfred H. Joy, William Wilson Morgan, Harry Hemley Plaskett, Sir Chandrasekhar Vankata Raman, Ernest Rutherford, Harlow Shapley, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeld, Lyman Spitzer, Eugene Paul Wigner; Aberdeen Proving Ground, American Astronomical Society, Presidency College (Madras), United States Office of Naval Research, and United States Proving Ground at Aberdeen MD Ballistics Research Laboratory.
Bethe, Hans A, (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005-
Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995-
Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984
Eddington, Arthur Stanley, Sir, 1882-1944.
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954.
Fowler, R. H. (Ralph Howard), 1889-1944.
Gamow, George, 1904-1968.
Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899-1977
Jeans, James Hopwood, Sir, 1877-1946.
Joy, Alfred H., (Alfred Harrison), 1882-1973.
Kuiper, Gerard P. (Gerard Peter), 1905-1973
Milne, Edward Arthur, 1896-1950.
Morgan, W. W. (William Wilson), 1906-
Plaskett, Harry Hemley, 1893-
Raman, Chandrasekhara Venkata, Sir, 1888-1970.
Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957.
Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937
Schwarzschild, Martin.
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
Sommerfeld, Arnold, 1868-1951.
Spitzer, Lyman, 1914-1997
Strömgren, Bengt, 1908-
Struve, Otto, 1897-1963.
Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957.
Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995-
Aberdeen Proving Ground (Md.)
American Astronomical Society.
Harvard University.
Presidency College (Madras, India).
Princeton University.
Trinity College (University of Cambridge)
United States -- Office of Naval Research.
United States. -- Proving Ground, Aberdeen, MD.
University of Chicago.
Yerkes Observatory.
Astrophysical journal.
Astronomy.
Astronomy -- Study and teaching.
Astrophysics
Cosmology.
Dwarf stars.
General relativity (Physics)
Hydrodynamics.
Interstellar matter.
Magnetohydrodynamics.
Radiative transfer.
Stochastic processes.
Theoretical physics
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Weart, Spencer R., 1942- interviewer.
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American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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