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Huchra, John P.
Oral history interview with John Huchra, 1987 December 7.
This interview discusses John Huchra's childhood interest in science and early reading in science; education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); education at California Institute of Technology (Caltech); move from theory to experiment at Caltech; importance of politics and Vietnam War in choosing an area of science; work on the Palomar supernova search; wide range of courses at Caltech; what questions should be asked in science; early experience with telescopes and observational astronomy; hands-on experience in astronomy; work on comets; work on galaxies; introduction to cosmology and relativity; journal club at Caltech; application for jobs after Caltech; initial idea to measure red shifts for a large sample of galaxies; work with Trinh Thuan; Huchra's world view and how his science fits in with it; role of theory in astronomy; value of the Hubble constant; origin of the infrared Tully-Fisher program; reaction to discovery of the result that the universe is much younger than previously believed; rechecking result; roles of theory and observation in science; attitude toward wide-spread belief in a flat universe; attitude toward the inflationary universe model; Jim Peebles's "school" of cosmological thinking; attitude toward the flatness problem; ideal design of the universe.
(1948-2010): Ph.D. in astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (1976); worked at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; was an astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and professor of astronomy at Harvard University; hir research interests center on extragalactic observational astronomy and cosmology.
Huchra, John P.
Peebles, P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin)
Trinh, Xuan Thuan
California Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Palomar Observatory
Astronomy -- Observations
Hubble constant.
Inflationary universe.
Red shift
Relativity (Physics)
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
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Lightman, Alan P., 1948-, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA