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Dunham, Theodore, 1897-1984.
Oral history interview with Theodore Dunham, 1977 April 30 and 14 April 1978.
Extensive interview covering early life and family in New York and Maine; schooling and early interests in astronomy in New York City; observing Halley's comet in 1910; World War I and college years at Harvard University majoring in chemistry; medical degree from Cornell University; contacts with Henry Norris Russell and Harlow Shapley, and decision to move into astronomy; graduate work at Princeton; postdoctoral work and staff position at Mt. Wilson in the 1930s; interests in instrumentation and planetary atmospheres; the role of the Schmidt Camera in spectroscopy; planetary spectroscopy and the nature of the interstellar medium; founding of the FAR (Fund for Astronomical Research); World war II and work in optics for the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) of the Office of Scientific Research and Development (OSRD); travels to Britian during the war; decision to leave astronomy after the war; move to Rochester for biophysical research; return to astronomy in 1952. The second interview concentrates on his contacts with Henry Norris Russell and activities during World War II.
Dunham, Theodore, 1897-1984.
Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
Cornell University
Fund for Astrophysical Research
Harvard University.
Mount Wilson Solar Observatory.
Princeton University.
United States. Office of Scientific Research and Development.
University of Rochester.
Astronomical instruments.
Astronomical spectroscopy.
Astronomy -- Study and teaching.
Biophysics -- Research.
Chemistry -- Study and teaching.
Interstellar matter.
Planets -- Atmospheres.
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work.
Halley's comet
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Transcripts. aat
DeVorkin, David H., 1944- interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA