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Fastie, William G., 1916-2000
Oral History interview with William G. Fastie, 1983 February 4.
This interview discusses Fastie's career as a physicist, beginning with a position as research assistant at the Johns Hopkins University Physics Department (1941-45), as a research physicist at Leeds and Northrop (1945-51) and later as a research contract director and research scientist at Johns Hopkins (1951-68). After covering his family background and education, the discussion details Fastie's contact with A.H. Pfund and R.W. Wood, including many anecdotal recollections regarding the classified work of Pfund and Wood during WWII; and his interest in instrumentation as reflected in his work with Echelle gratings and spectrographs. Other topics discussed include: Baltimore city during 1920s; undergraduate and graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University; physical optics; spectrum analysis; infrared gas analysis; pyrometry; Eschelle gratings; Leeds and Northrup; Applied Physics Laboratory (APL); National Defense Research Committee (NDRC); John Sanderson; J.A. Bearden; John Charles Hubbard; G.H. Dieke; John Strong; and George Harrison, among others.
Pre-eminent astrophysicist who helped start the Johns Hopkins University space program in the late 1950s and early 1960s; best known for designing a spectrometer for use in rocket launching; research in optics and infrared spectrum analysis; other affiliations: NDRC, and Leeds and Northrup (PA).
Bearden, J. A. (Joyce Alvin), 1903-
Dieke, Gerhard Heinrich, 1901-1965
Fastie, William G., 1916-2000
Harrison, George Russell, 1898-1979
Hubbard, John Charles, 1879-
Pfund, A. H. (August Herman), 1879-1949
Sanderson, John Adolph, 1908-
Strong, John, 1905-
Johns Hopkins University. Applied Physics Laboratory.
Johns Hopkins University. Dept. of Physics.
Leeds and Northrup Company.
United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development. National Defense Research Committee.
Eschelle gratings.
Infrared spectroscopy
Physical optics.
Spectrum analysis.
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DeVorkin, David H., 1944- interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA