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Terhune, R. W. (Robert William)
Oral history interview with Robert Terhune, 1978 October 29.
This interview covers Terhune's life and career through 1978. Starting with his Detroit, Michigan youth, it goes on to his World War II Naval training, graduate school years at the University of Michigan, where he also directed work in computers, infrared componentry and ruby maser applications at the Willow Run Laboratories, and his subsequent career as a manager/physicist at Ford Motor Company, where he led a pioneering research group in non-linear optics. The tensions of working in a military-sponsored university laboratory are discussed, as are those that exist between research and management in a large auto company.
MA, Dartmouth College (1948); PhD in physics, University of Michigan (1957); research interests includ quantum electronics, nonlinear optics, optical properties of solids and surfaces, molecular spectroscopy, and advanced instrumentation.
Terhune, R. W. (Robert William)
Ford Motor Company.
University of Michigan.
University of Michigan. Willow Run Laboratories.
Nonlinear optics -- Research.
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Wolff, Michael Field, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA