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Bergstralh, Jay T.
Oral History interview with Jay T. Bergstralh, 1983 July 13.
This interview reviews Bergstralh's childhood and early impressions of manned space exploration; his years as a graduate student at the University of Texas; his experience as a National Research Council fellow, and his time at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a senior scientist and member of the technical staff. He speaks at some length of his student-teacher relationship with G.H. Vaucouleurs. Other topics discussed include: NASA's Planetary Astronomy Program Office (now the Solar System Exploration Division, part of the Office of Space Science), activities at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Table Mountain Observatory. With Bergstralh's employment history, most of his recollections involve NASA and a history of the research and administration of NASA headquarter and branches during the 1960s and 1970s.
Jay T. Bergstralh, a planetary astronomer who played a vital role in the planning and launching of the Voyager mission in 1977. After earning his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Texas (Austin) in 1968 and 1972, he began his career as a fellow with the National Research Council from 1972-74, before moving on to join NASA in their Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Solar System Exploration Division from 1974 to present, serving as Acting Director of the Division from 2000 to 2002. His research interests include: Planetary astronomy and radioactive transfer, especially spectroscopic line formation in the atmospheres of the giant planets.
Bergstralh, Jay T.
De Vaucouleurs, Gřard, 1918-1995
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.). Table Mountain Observatory.
McDonald Observatory.
United States. Office of Space Science Solar System Exploration Division
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
University of Texas at Austin. Dept. of Astronomy
Astrophysics -- History.
Astrophysics -- Study and teaching.
Manned space flight.
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Tatarewicz, Joseph N. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA