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Elsasser, Walter M., 1904-
Oral history interview with Walter M. Elsasser, 1986 March 12.
Studies at California Institute of Technology; Robert Millikan; early research in atmospheric radiation; development of the regular band model; contact with other scientists doing research in atmospheric radiation; the greenhouse effect; influence of John Strong; C. G. Rossby and the Caltech Physics Department; conflicts between Millikan and Theodore von Kármán; comments about Charles Brooks, head of Blue Hill Observatory. Work at University of Utah. Interaction with John Von Neumann; discussion of fluid mechanics and Elsasser's theory of terrestrial magnetism; development of his atmospheric radiation tables. Admiration of James Franck and reminiscences about J. Robert Oppenheimer and Max Born. Differences in educational systems in Germany and the United States. Meeting with Albert Einstein, Einstein's opinion of Elsasser's theory of terrestrial magnetism.
Died 1991.
Born, Max, 1882-1970
Brooks, Charles Franklin, 1891-1958
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
Elsasser, Walter M., 1904-
Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953.
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967
Von Kármán, Theodore, 1881-1963.
Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957.
California Institute of Technology
University of Utah.
Atmospheric radiation -- Research -- International cooperation.
Education -- United States.
Education -- Germany.
Fluid mechanics.
Geophysics -- Research.
Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric.
Magnetism, Band theory of.
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Franck, James, 1882-1964.
Strong, John, 1905-
Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory (Harvard University)
Kiehl, J. T., interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA