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Van de Kamp, Peter, 1901-
Oral history interview with Peter Van de Kamp, 1977 April 9 and 1979 March 18.
Family background and early schooling in Holland; interest in science and influence of Camille Flammarion's writings; university training at Utrecht; contact with Willem Henri Julius and brief interlude on Albert Einstein; astronomy at Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht and practical work with Jan van der Bilt; move to Rijksuniversiteit te Gröningen and work with Pieter J. van Rhijn; contact with Ejnar Hertzsprung; move to Virginia and association with Samuel A. Mitchell and Harold L. Alden; decision to remain in America; contact with Alexander Vyssotsky; Ph.D. exam at Lick Observatory; life at Lick; organization of science in the Netherlands, Jacobus C. Kapteyn's legacy; research on interstellar absorption, circa 1930, and contact with Robert Trumpler; peer review in professional journals; collaboration with Vyssotsky and work on galactic structure and interstellar medium; double star work, 1934, origin of interest in Edward Barnard's star; religion and philosophy. Dutch-American relationships in astronomy; contacts with Albert Einstein; Sproul Observatory prior to and during WW II; Alsos Mission; future of positional astronomy; years as National Science Foundation (NSF) Program Director; NSF Astrometric Conference, 1956; Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA); general recollections. Also prominently mentioned are: Walter Sydney Adams, Robert Grant Aitken, Joe Ashbrook, Bart Jan Bok, William W. Campbell, Roy Welty Delaplaine, Frank Kelley Edmondson, G. Gatewood, Al Hirschfeld, Louise F. Jenkins, Michael S. Kovalenko, Sarah Lee Lippincott, Willem Luyten, W. J. H. Moll, Jerry O'Neill, Jan Hendrik Oort, Henry Norris Russell, Jan Schildt, Raymond Seeger, Harlow Shapley, Willem de Sitter, Robert Gordon Sproul, Gustav Stromberg, Robert Julius Trumpler, Olga van de Kamp, Jan van der Bilt, Adriaan van Maanen, Pieter J. van Rhijn, Emma Williams; Allegheny Observatory, Astronomical Journal, Bulletin of Astronomical Institutes of Netherlands, and University of Virginia McCormick Observatory.
Peter Van de Kamp, 1901-1995.
Adams, Walter S. (Walter Sydney), 1876-1956.
Aitken, Robert Grant, 1864-1951.
Bok, Bart J. (Bart Jan), 1906-1983
Campbell, William Wallace, 1862-1938.
Edmondson, Frank K. (Frank Kelley), 1912-
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
Flammarion, Camille, 1842-1925.
Hertzsprung, Ejnar, 1873-1967.
Kapteyn, J. C. (Jacobus Cornelius), 1851-1922.
Oort, Jan Hendrik.
Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-1975.
Van de Kamp, Peter, 1901-
Allegheny Observatory.
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
Lick Observatory.
Rijksuniversiteit te Groningen
Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht.
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States. War Dept. Alsos Mission.
University of Virginia. Leander McCormick Observatory.
Astronomical Journal.
Bulletin of Astronomical Institutes of Netherlands.
Astronomy.
Astronomy -- Netherlands.
Astronomical observatories.
Astrophysics
Astrophysics -- History
Galaxies.
Interstellar matter.
Science -- Netherlands.
Double stars.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Alden, H. L.
Ashbrook, Joseph.
Barnard, Edward Emerson, d. 1923.
Delaplaine, Roy Welty.
Gatewood, G.
Hirschfeld, Al.
Jenkins, Louise F.
Julius, W. H.
Kovalenko, Michael S.
Lippincott, Sara
Luyten, Willem Jacob, 1899-1994
Mitchell, Samuel Alfred.
Moll, W. J. H.
O'Neill, Jerry.
Schildt, Jan.
Seeger, Raymond John, 1906-
Sitter, Willem de
Stromberg, Gustav.
Trumpler, Robert J. (Robert Julius), b. 1886.
Van de Kamp, Olga.
van der Bilt, Jan.
Van Maanen, Adrian.
Rhijn, P. J. van (Pieter Johannes), b. 1886
Vyssotsky, A. N.
Williams, Emma.
United States. War Dept. Alsos Mission.
Sproul Observatory.
DeVorkin, David H., 1944- interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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