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Vasilevskis, Stanislaus, 1907-1988
Oral history interview with Stanislaus Vasilevskis, 1977 July 13 and 22.
Early life in Latvia before World War I; the University of Latvia in Riga; assistant in astronomy at Riga in 1928 and early impressions of experience in astronomy; graduation in 1932 and position at the University at Latvia in Mathematics in 1936; work in fundamental astrometry; Latvia during the Depression; growth of interest in photographic astrometry; life during World War II in Latvia and in Danzig refugee camps; contact with Ernst Opik; German astronomy during the war; contact with Lick Observatory through Robert Trumpler and Harold Weaver; arrival at Lick Observatory in 1949; assistant to Hamilton Jeffers; Charles D. Shane and Lick in early 1950s; Otto Struve at University of California at Berkeley and possible position there; full staff position at Lick; governance at Lick; search for large scale funding for astrometry; funding for 120-inch programs; construction of 120-inch; development of Carnegie astrograph program in 1950s; contacts with National Science Foundation; the automatic measuring engine; work on the translation journal in the early 1950s and the role of refugee astronomers (Struve's organization); photographic parallaxes and Frank Schlesinger's influence; flexure of 120-inch mounting; Lick moves to Santa Cruz, mid-1960s; Lick and the University of California system: diverse interests and influences; staff reactions to the physical move; recollections of Joel Stebbins and Walter Baade. Also prominently mentioned are: van de Boss, William W. Campbell, Ejnar Hertzsprung, Clark Kerr, Gerhard Lessman, Fritz Neubauer, Roger Revelle, Robert Gordon Sproul, Joel Stebbins, Robert H. Weitbrecht, Albert Edward Whitford, William Hammond Wright; Gaertner Scientific Corporation, Lick Observatory, 120-inch Telescope, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles, and Yerkes Observatory.
Baade, Walter, 1893-1960.
Campbell, William Wallace, 1862-1938.
Hertzsprung, Ejnar, 1873-1967.
Öpik, Ernst Julius, 1893-
Revelle, Roger, 1909-1991-
Shane, Charles Donald, 1895-1983.
Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-1975.
Struve, Otto, 1897-1963.
Vasilevskis, Stanislaus, 1907-1988
Lick Observatory.
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
University of California, Berkeley.
University of California, Los Angeles.
University of California, Santa Cruz.
Yerkes Observatory.
Astromers.
Astrometry.
Astronomical photography.
Astronomy.
Astronomy -- Germany.
Astrophysics
Astrophysics -- History
Mathematics.
Parallax.
Prisoners of war -- Latvia.
Research -- Finance.
Telescopes.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Telescope, 120-inch.
Boss, van de.
Jeffers, Hamilton.
Kerr, Clark, 1911-
Lessman, Gerhard.
Neubauer, Fritz M.
Schlesinger, Frank, 1871-1943.
Stebbins, Joel, 1878-1966
Trumpler, Robert J. (Robert Julius), b. 1886.
Weaver, Harold F.
Weitbrecht, Robert H.
Whitford, Albert E, (Albert Edward), 1905-2002-
Wright, William Hammond.
Gaertner Scientific Corporation.
Latvian P. Stuchka State University.
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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