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Whipple, Babette S., 1918-
Oral history interview with Babette S. Whipple, 2007 October 29.
Biographical profile of Babette Whipple, widow of Fred Whipple, concentrating on her marriage and life. Early home life, parent's divorce, peripatetic existence. Growing up in Memphis. Extended visits to New York City. Move to Europe with mother at age 12. Schooling in Cannes and experiences in Europe. Mother's personality. Visiting father in New York City. Momentary estrangement from mother, move to New York, and eventual return to Europe to stay in Brussels. Choice of Wellesley and major in philosophy. Graduate yaer at Radcliffe in philosophy and switch to psychology. PhD in psychology in 1945. Discussion of Harvard faculty in psychology - Allport, Boring and Stevens. Meeting Fred Whippe and their courtship. Contact with Earle Whipple. Fred's personality, importance of her training in psychology, his sense of denial about infirmities. State of the Harvard department in the early 1950s and Fred's role. Management style. Relations with Leo Goldberg. Recollections of how Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) started at Harvard. Reactions to Sputnik and increased visibility.
Wife of astronomer Fred Whipple who worked at Harvard College Observatory for over 70 years.
Goldberg, Leo
Whipple, Babette S., 1918-
Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004
Harvard University.
Harvard University. Dept. of Astronomy.
Radcliffe College
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Wellesley College
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