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Jefferies, John T.
Oral history interview with John T. Jefferies, 1977 July 29.
Topics discussed include: John Jefferies's family background and education in Western Australia, 1925-1942; undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia, 1942-1946 and graduate studies at University of Cambridge, 1947-1949; work at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia, 1949-1956 and research with Ronald Giovanelli on radiation transfer and spectra; moving to the United States; Harvard University; Sacramento Peak Observatory; High Altitude Observatory; National Bureau of Standards; founding of Joint Institute for Laboratory Astronomy at Boulder, Colorado; Scientific work on Non-LTE (Local Thermo-dynamic Equilibrium) with Richard V. Thomas; work on calcium lines; book on spectral line formation; use of techniques for terrestrial plasmas; developling the astronomy program at University of Hawaii including the 88-inch telescope and work with Gerard Kuiper; formation of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corportation; NASA and United Kingsom infrared and extragalactic telescopes and programs; thoughts on various panels he served on including National Science Foundation Advisory Panel for Optical Astronomy, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Visiting Committee, and NASA Physical Sciences Committee.
Born 1925. D.Sc. (physics), Western Australia University. Harvard College Observatory (1956-1957); High Altitude Observatory (1957-1958); National Bureau of Standards (1960-1962); Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (1962-1964); Professor of Astrophysics, University of Hawaii (1964-1983).
Giovanelli, Ronald G.
Jefferies, John T.
Kuiper, Gerard P. (Gerard Peter), 1905-1973
Thomas, R. V.
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy. Visiting Committee.
Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation.
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (Australia).
Harvard University.
High Altitude Observatory -- Freemont Pass Station (Climax)
Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics.
National Science Foundation (U.S.). Advisory Panel for the National Astronomical Observatory.
Sacramento Peak Observatory.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Advisory Committee.
United States. National Bureau of Standards
University of Cambridge.
University of Hawaii at Manoa.
University of Western Australia.
Astrophysics.
Astrophysics -- History
Calcium lines.
Physics -- Study and teaching.
Plasma (Ionized gases).
Radiation -- Research.
Spectral line formation.
Telescopes.
Telescopes -- United Kingdom.
Telescopes -- United States.
Thermodynamic equilibrium.
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Weart, Spencer R., 1942- interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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