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Weizsc̃ker, Carl Friedrich, Freiherr von, 1912-2007
Oral history interview with Carl Friedrich Weizsacker, 1978 April 18.
Background information, early interest in stars; meets Werner Heisenberg in Copenhagen and Berlin, 1927; studies at Universitt̃ Berlin, 1929; Heisenberg to Universitt̃ Leipzig, fall 1929. Fellow students Edward Teller, Guido Beck, Felix Bloch; Universitt̃ Gt̲tingen, 1931; emphasis on astronomy (Robert Atkinson, origin of the elements); interior of the stars (Arthur S. Eddington) and problems of energy sources; origin of the planetary system of keen interest. Ph.D. from Leipzig (Heisenberg), 1933; Niels Bohr's Institute, Copenhagen (George Gamow, Lev Landau, Bengt Strm̲gren), 1933-1934; to Leipzig as assistant, writes Die Atomkerne; sets out to solve the problem of the energy sources, 1936; Dozent Universitt̃ Berlin. Lise Meitner, Peter Debye, 1936; work on nuclear origin of energy in the stars. Work on carbon cycle (Hans Bethe's identical findings, George Gamow's role); returns to physics. Also prominently mentioned are: Peter Josef William Debye, Himmelswelt, Aloys Mueller, Walther Nernst, and Elis Strm̲gren.
Atkinson, Robert d'Escourt, 1898-1982
Beck, Guido, 1903-1988
Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005
Bloch, Felix, 1905-
Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966-
Eddington, Arthur Stanley, Sir, 1882-1944
Gamow, George, 1904-1968
Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976
Landau, L. D. (Lev Davidovich), 1908-1968
Meitner, Lise, 1878-1968.
Mueller, Aloys
Nernst, Walther, 1864-1941.
Strm̲gren, Bengt, 1908-1987
Strm̲gren, Svante Elis, 1870-1947
Teller, Edward, 1908-2003
Weizsc̃ker, Carl Friedrich, Freiherr von, 1912-2007
Humboldt-Universitt̃ zu Berlin
Niels Bohr institutet.
Universitt̃ Gt̲tingen
Astrophysics -- History.
Nuclear physics.
Solar system -- Origin.
Stars -- Constitution.
Stars -- Formation.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings lcgft
Transcripts. aat
Hufbauer, Karl. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA