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McCrosky, Richard E. (Richard Eugene)
Oral history interview with Richard E. McCrosky, 2005 October 9.
This interview was conducted for McCrosky's biographical profile and especially to gain insight into his work and training at Harvard in the 1940s and his professional career at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory from the 1950s through the 1980s.It includes commentary on family background, early schooling, development of interests, jobs as a child and as a student, work with brother at MIT, courses at Akron University in chemistry, wartime training in meteorology at Denison University, colleagues during wartime including Harlan Smith, duty in Hawaii, return to MIT in physics with Harlan Smith, recruited by Fred Whipple for job at Harvard for the Harvard Meteor Project. The remainder of the interview deals with his work setting up meteor camera systems in the West and his career interests, growth and development of his interests in astronomy meteoritics, the design and installation of Baker Super-Schmidt Cameras, and especially his development of the Prairie Network. Questions are directed to his relationship to SAO staff, especially his work for Whipple, impressions of Whipple, his management style and personality.
Richard Eugene McCrosky (1924- ), astronomer. Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1956.
McCrosky, Richard E. (Richard Eugene)
Smith, Harlan J.
Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004
Harvard University -- Astronomy.
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Astronomy -- 20th century.
Meteoritic hypothesis.
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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