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Greenstein, Jesse L. (Jesse Leonard), 1909-
Oral history interview with Jesse Leonard Greenstein, 1974 July 31.
Childhood in New York; high school experience at Horace Mann; Harvard undergraduate at the age of 15. Impressions of ordeal with Harlow Shapley. Depression years in the family business, return to a very changed Harvard in 1934. Thesis work on Interstellar Absorption (Bart Bok), Ph.D. 1937. Postdoc at Yerkes Observatory (Otto Struve) working on Upsilon Sagittarius. Develops the 140-degree camera (the Greenstein-Louis G. Henyey camera); work with Fred Whipple on radio signals from space (Karl Jansky, Grote Reber), Greenstein's and Reber's review article on classified radio detection work during World War II. Founding of the Astrophysics Department at Caltech. Radio astronomy in the mid-1950s. Work on white dwarfs from 1957 on. Own accomplishments as scientist and in personal life. Impressions of Martin Schwarzschild, Shapley, Reber, Fred Hoyle. Also prominently mentioned are: Walter Sydney Adams, Lloyd Viel Berkner, John Bolton, Leverett Davis, William Alfred Fowler, Leo Goldberg, Louis Henyey, Fred Hoyle, Edwin Powell Hubble, Milton Lasell Humason, Robert Hutchins, Karl Jansky, Gerard Peter Kuiper, Tom R. Matthews, Robert Reynolds McMath, Donald Howard Menzel, Paul Merrill, Rudolph Leo Bernhard Minkowski, William Wilson Morgan, Guido Münch, Beverly Oke, Donald Osterbrock, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Harry Hemley Plaskett, Robert Richardson, Allan Sandage, Jan Schildt, Shklovsky, Charlotte Moore Sitterly, Lyman Spitzer, Edward Teller, Richard Chace Tolman, Robert Julius Trumpler, Merle Antony Tuve, Albrecht Otto Johannes Unsöld, Immanuel Velikofsky, Fred Whipple; Carnegie Institution of Washington, Hale Observatories, Harvard College Observatory, Lick Observatory, McDonald Observatory, McDonald Observatory Nebular spectrograph, National Science Foundation (U.S.), 100-inch Telescope, University of Chicago, and Vista Project.
Greenstein was a Harvard educated astronomer who came to the California Institute of Technology in 1948 to run the astronomy program, which then included the administration of the Palomar 200-inch telescope. While at Caltech he also did research on stellar composition and high resolution spectra using the Palomar telescope. Became a leader in the profession, and an administrator in professional scientific organizations.
Adams, Walter S. (Walter Sydney), 1876-1956.
Bok, Bart J. (Bart Jan), 1906-1983
Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995-
DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901-1994-
Fowler, William A.
Gaposchkin, Cecilia Helena Payne, 1900-
Goldberg, Leo.
Greenstein, Jesse L. (Jesse Leonard), 1909-
Hoyle, Fred, Sir
Hubble, Edwin Powell, 1889-1953.
Kuiper, Gerard P. (Gerard Peter), 1905-1973
Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976
Merrill, Paul W. (Paul Willard), 1887-1961.
Morgan, W. W. (William Wilson), 1906-
Münch, Guido, 1921-
Osterbrock, Donald E.
Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957.
Sandage, Allan.
Schwarzschild, Martin.
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
Sitterly, Charlotte Moore, 1898-
Spitzer, Lyman, 1914-1997
Strömgren, Bengt, 1908-
Struve, Otto, 1897-1963.
Teller, Edward, 1908-2003
Tolman, Richard C. (Richard Chace), 1881-1948
Trumpler, Robert J. (Robert Julius), b. 1886.
Tuve, Merle Antony, 1901-1982.
Unsöld, Albrecht, 1905-
Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Institution of Washington.
Hale Observatories.
Harvard College Observatory
Harvard University.
Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Lick Observatory.
McDonald Observatory.
Mount Wilson Solar Observatory.
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Palomar Observatory.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
University of Chicago.
Yerkes Observatory.
Astronomical instruments.
Astronomical observatories -- Administration.
Astronomy.
Astrophysics
Cosmology.
Interstellar matter.
Nebulae.
Optics.
Quasars.
Radio astronomy.
Spectrum analysis.
Stars -- Composition.
Telescopes.
White dwarfs.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Transcripts. aat
Spectrum analysis.
Telescope, 100-inch.
Vista Project.
Baade, Walter, 1893-1960.
Berkner, Lloyd V. (Lloyd Viel), 1905-
Bolton, John Gatenby, 1922.
Davis, Leverett
Henyey, Louis George.
Hamason, Milton Lasell.
Hutchins, Robert Maynard, 1899-1977
Jansky, Karl G.
McMath, Robert R. (Robert Raynolds), 1891-1962
Matthews, Tom R.
Minkowski, Rudolph Leo Bernhard, 1895-1976.
Oke, J. Beverley, 1928-2004.
Plaskett, Harry Hemley, 1893-
Reber, Grote, 1911-2002.
Richardson, Robert.
Schildt, Jan.
Shklovskiĭ, I. S.
Moore, Charlotte Emma, 1898-
Velikovsky, Immanuel.
Astronomy -- Study and teaching.
Wright, Paul, interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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