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Wesselink, Adriaan Jan, 1909-1995.
Oral history interview with Adriaan J. Wesselink, 1977 September 23 and 1978 June 21.
Early life and family interests in Holland; study at the Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht; courses in mathematics, physics and astronomy; move to Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden in 1929 and contact with Ejnar Hertzsprung; work for Hertzsprung on variable stars; Hertzsprung's career; Jan Oort's lectures on galactic rotation; recollections of Willem de Sitter; Leiden in the 1930s; Paul Ehrenfest's colloquium series; continued research with Hertzsprung during the 1930s; contact with Gerard Kuiper; research on Delta Cephei, dynamical parallaxes, and energy distributions in stellar spectra; Leiden Ph.D. thesis, 1938; stellar pulsations; Lodewijk Woltjer; year at Yerkes Observatory, 1938-1939; relations with Kuiper; recollections of staff research at Yerkes; South Africa, 1939; recollections of Marcel Minnaert. Short discussion of Jacobus C. Kapteyn, including plans and execution of 1936 eclipse expedition to Russia; war years in Holland; Dutch astronomy in World War II; living conditions; postwar move to South Africa and various positions there; move to Yale University in 1964. Also prominently mentioned are: Edwin Eugene Aldrin, Nikolai Pavlovich Barabashov, Bart Jan Bok, Dirk Brouwer, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Christie, Pierre Demarque, Arthur Stanley Eddington, Albert Einstein, Louis Henyey, Edwin Powell Hubble, Ivan Robert King, Hendrik Anthony Kramers, Bertil Lindblad, Edward Arthur Milne, A. Nijland, L. S. Ornstein, Henry Norris Russell, Karl Schwarzschild, Martin Schwarzschild, Otto Struve, Thackeray, Hendrik Christoffell van de Hulst; Bethany Observatory, Finsen Radiation Institute, Leiden Southern Station, and Radcliffe Observatory.
Died 1995.
Aldrin, Edwin Eugene
Barabashov, N. P. (Nikola Pavlovich)
Bok, Bart J. (Bart Jan), 1906-1983
Brouwer, Dirk, 1902-
Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995
Demarque, Pierre
Eddington, Arthur Stanley, Sir, 1882-1944.
Ehrenfest, Paul, 1880-1933.
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
Henyey, Louis George
Hertzsprung, Ejnar, 1873-1967.
Hubble, Edwin, 1889-1953
Hulst, H. C. van de (Hendrik Christoffel), 1918-
Kapteyn, J. C. (Jacobus Cornelius), 1851-1922.
King, Ivan R.
Kramers, Hendrik Anthony, 1894-1952.
Kuiper, Gerard P. (Gerard Peter), 1905-1973
Lindblad, Bertil
Milne, Edward Arthur, 1896-1950.
Minnaert, M. G. J. (Marcel Gilles Jozef), 1893-1970.
Nijland, A.
Oort, Jan Hendrik.
Ornstein, L. S. (Leonard Salomon), 1880-1941
Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957
Schwarzschild, K. (Karl), 1873-1916.
Schwarzschild, Martin.
Sitter, Willem de
Struve, Otto, 1897-1963.
Wesselink, Adriaan Jan, 1909-1995.
Woltjer, Lodewijk, 1930-
Bethany Observatory
Finsen Radiation Institute
Leiden Southern Station.
Radcliffe Observatory.
Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden
Rijksuniversiteit te Utrecht.
Yale University.
Yerkes Observatory.
Astronomy -- Netherlands.
Astrophysics -- History
Parallax -- Stars.
Pulsating stars.
Solar eclipses. 1936.
Stars -- Spectra.
Variable stars.
World War, 1939-1945.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
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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