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Marsden, Brian G.
Oral history interview with Brian Marsden, 2005 October 12 and 17.
Biographical profile of astronomer Brian Marsden, emphasizing his career at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Topics discussed include his childhood and education; contact with David Dewhirst; attending New College, Oxford; Fred Whipple; Gerald Merton; joining the British Astronomical Association; Arthur Beer; comets; Sputnik; orbit calculations; Dorothy Sayers; Olin Eggen; Cambridge University; decision to go to Yale University to study with Dirk Brouwer; Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO); Edgar Everhart and G. van Biesbroeck; Paul Herget; the Minor Planet Center; celestial mechanics; Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); Gerard Kuiper; International Astronomical Union (IAU); Harvard University; Clyde Tombaugh; Dick McCrosky; Alex Dalgarno; George Field; Charles Kowal; Eugene Shoemaker; charge-coupled device (CCD); Near-Earth Object program (NEO); National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
(1937-2010): British astronomer, educated at Cambridge, Oxford and Yale University; longtime director of the Minor Planet Center (MPC) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Beer, Arthur, 1900-
Brouwer, Dirk, 1902-
Dalgarno, A.
Dewhirst, D.
Eggen, Olin J.
Everhart, E.
Field, George B., 1929-
Herget, Paul, 1908-
Kowal, Charles T.
Kuiper, Gerard P. (Gerard Peter), 1905-1973
Marsden, Brian G.
McCrosky, Richard E. (Richard Eugene)
Merton, Gerald
Shoemaker, E. M. (Eugene Merle), 1928-1997
Tombaugh, Clyde William, 1906-
Van Biesbroeck, George, 1880-1974
Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004
British Astronomical Association.
Harvard University.
International Astronomical Union
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.)
Minor Planet Center (Cambridge, Mass.)
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford.
Yale University.
Celestial mechanics.
Charge coupled devices.
Sputnik satellites
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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