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Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967
Oral history interview with J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1963 November 18 and 20.
This interview was conducted as part of the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics project, which includes tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with circa 100 atomic and quantum physicists. Subjects discuss their family backgrounds, how they became interested in physics, their educations, people who influenced them, their careers including social influences on the conditions of research, and the state of atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics during the period in which they worked. Discussions of scientific matters relate to work that was done between approximately 1900 and 1930, with an emphasis on the discovery and interpretations of quantum mechanics in the 1920s. Also prominently mentioned are: George D. Birkhoff, Niels Henrik David Bohr, Max Born, Percy Williams Bridgman, James Chadwick, Edward Condon, Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, Paul Ehrenfest, Ralph Fowler, James Franck, Werner Heisenberg, Ernst Pascual Jordan, Edwin Crawford Kemble, Arthur Klock, Hendrik Anthony Kramers, Robert Andrews Millikan, John Von Neumann, Lothar Nordheim, Wolfgang Pauli, T.W. Richards, Ernest Rutherford, Richard Chance Tolman, George Eugène Uhlenbeck, Whitehead, Eugene Paul Wigner; California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden, Universität Göttingen, Universität Zurich, and University of California, Berkeley.
Physicist (quantum theory and nuclear physics). On the physics faculty at California Institute of Technology and University of California, Berkeley in theoretical physics, 1929-1947; Director of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, 1943-1945; Chairman of the General Advisory Committee of the Atomic Energy Commission, 1946-1952; Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, 1947-1966. Died 1967.
Bohr, Niels, 1885-1962.
Born, Max, 1882-1970
Bridgman, P. W. (Percy Williams), 1882-1961.
Chadwick, James, 1891-1974
Condon, Edward Uhler, 1902-1974.
Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984
Ehrenfest, Paul, 1880-1933.
Fowler, R. H. (Ralph Howard), 1889-1944.
Franck, James, 1882-1964.
Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976.
Jordan, Pascual, 1902-1980
Kemble, Edwin C. (Edwin Crawford), 1889-
Klock, Augustus.
Kramers, Hendrik Anthony, 1894-1952.
Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953.
Nordheim, Lothar, 1899-
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967
Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958.
Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937
Tolman, Richard C. (Richard Chace), 1881-1948
Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957.
Whitehead, Alfred North, 1861-1947.
Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995-
California Institute of Technology
Harvard University.
Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, N.J.).
Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden
Universität Göttingen.
Universität Zürich.
University of California, Berkeley.
Atomic theory.
Nuclear physics.
Quantum theory.
Science -- History.
Sound recordings. aat
Interviews. aat
Oral histories. aat aat
Transcripts. aat
Physicists -- Interviews. lcsh
Birkhoff, George David, 1884-1944.
Richards, Theodore W. (Theodore William), 1868-1928.
Uhlenbeck, George Eugène, 1900-1988-
Kuhn, Thomas S., interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Center for History of Physics. Archives for the History of Quantum Physics.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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