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Peterson, Jon, 1931-
Oral history interview with Jon Peterson, 1997 October 21.
Interview focuses on Peterson's contributions to the installation of the Worldwide Standardized Seismograph Network (WWSSN) in the 1960s. The WWSSN, a network of 120 stations, provided seismologists with a wealth of seismic data. It was financed through the Department of Defense's Project Vela Uniform, which aimed at an improvement of the detection of underground nuclear explosions. Vela Uniform managers selected the U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey to install WWSSN stations around the globe. The WWSSN headquarters were located at the C&GS's Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory, where Peterson trained the installers and directed the installation effort. He describes the origin, installation, and operation of the network as well as his interactions with DOD managers during the 1960s.
Peterson, Jon, 1931-
Albuquerque Seismological Laboratory (Geological Survey)
U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
United States. Department of Defense
VELA Program (U.S.)
Worldwide Standardized Seismograph Network
Nuclear weapons -- Detection.
Nuclear weapons -- Testing.
Project Vela Uniform.
Science and state -- United States.
Underground nuclear explosions -- Detection.
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Interviews. aat
Oral histories. aat
Transcripts. aat
Seismologists -- Interviews.
Barth, Kai-Henrik, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA