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Huchra, John P.
Oral history interview with John P. Huchra, 2002 February 14, 15 and June 25.
Among the topics discussed: his childhood and early education; his college years at MIT and California Institute of Technology; the effects of the Vietnam war on his young life; his classmates at Caltech; the Apollo moon landing; learning to use a telescope; astronomers poaching off others' work; his skills with a telescope; his discoveries of various asteroids; his early days at Center for Astrophysics; his work in photometry of galaxies and measuring red shifts; his job search after his post-doc position; commissioning the Multiple Mirror Telescope (MMT); the Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics system (MCAO); the demographics of astronomers; funding and growth in the field of astronomy. The second session focuses on his tenure as associate director of Cambridge Center for Astrophysics; comments on structure and organization of CFA, its strengths and weaknesses; the relations between CFA and Harvard and the class structure at Harvard among the scientists; challenges facing AURA; challenges facing the US National Observatory and AURA. The interview concludes with his thoughts on research on dark energy, dark matter, cosmology and his preference for a particular cosmological model. Also discusses religion, time, and cosmology. Some of the prominently mentioned names include: Jesse Greenstein, Allan Sandage, Wal Sargent, Fritz Zwicky.
Senior Advisor to the Provost for Research Policy at Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysic; Department of Astronomy and the Harvard College Observatory. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) is part of the Smithsonian Institution , and the Center for Astrophysics is the amalgam of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory.
Greenstein, Jesse L. (Jesse Leonard), 1909-2002-
Huchra, John P.
Sandage, Allan.
Sargent, Wallace Leslie William, 1935-2012-
Zwicky, F. (Fritz), 1898-1974
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy
California Institute of Technology -- Graduate students.
California Institute of Technology -- Study and teaching.
Harvard University.
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- Students.
Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory
Asteroids -- Research.
Astronomical photometry.
Astronomy -- 20th century.
Red shift.
Telescopes -- Technical innovations.
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McCray, Patrick (W. Patrick) interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA