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Strong, John, 1905-
Oral History interview with John Strong, 1984 April 20.
After reviewing his upbringing and his education history (University of Kansas, University of Michigan), Strong describes his work as a national research fellow and then astrophysics fellow at CalTech; his relationships with George Hale, John Anderson, Milton Humason; his war-time work at Harvard on infrared detection and general spectroscopy; his post-war professorship at Johns Hopkins; his infrared research for the Office of Naval Research; his role in creationing the Laboratory of Astrophysics and Physical Meteorology, and assuming its directorship. Strong then reviews his efforts in balloon astronomy; his relations with the Space Science Board; and his opinions on the evolution of space exploration. Other topics discussed include: development and growing of mineral crystals; design and coating of aluminized mirrors; and the 200-inch telescope project.
John Donovan Strong (1905-1992). Physicist. Education: Uinversity of Kansas, B.A (1926); University of Michigan, M.S. (1928), Ph.D. (1930). Professional experience: Chemistry instructor at Universities of Kansas and Michigan, 1925-30; research fellow, CalTech, 1930-42; professor of physics, Harvard University, 1942-45; professor of physics and Director of the Laboratory of Astrophysics and Physical Meteorology, Johns Hopkins University, 19457-67; professor of physics and astronomy, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), 1967-1975. Research interests: experimental physics, evaporation in vacuum; infrared spectroscopy, meteorology, and optics.
Anderson, John A. (John Augustus), 1876-1959
Hale, George Ellery, 1868-1938
Humason, Milton L. (Milton La Salle), 1891-1972
Strong, John, 1905-
California Institute of Technology -- Faculty.
Harvard University -- Research.
Johns Hopkins University -- Faculty.
National Academy of Sciences (U.S.). Space Science Board.
United States. Office of Naval Research.
University of Kansas.
University of Michigan.
Astrophysics -- History.
Balloons in astronomy.
Crystal growth
Infrared astronomy -- Research
Infrared detectors
Optical coatings
Spectrum analysis.
Telescope, 200-inch.
Outer space -- Exploration.
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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