Harwit, Martin, 1931-

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Birth 1931-03-09
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Astrophysicist. Martin Harwit served as professor of astronomy at Cornell University and as co-director of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Program. In 1987 he was appointed director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. He received a Ph.D. in physics in 1960 from M.I.T. and taught at Cornell since 1962. Harwit's research interests have included observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, infrared astronomy, galaxy formation, and the history of astronomy and astrophysics. In the 1960s, he established research groups at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and at Cornell that built the first rocket-borne telescopes cooled to liquid helium temperatures. In the mid 1970s, he began studying the history of astronomy and space science as it relates to public policy issues.

From the guide to the Martin Harwit papers, 1957-1987, (Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)

Astrophysicist. Affiliations include: PhD., Physics, MIT, 1960; professor of astronomy at Cornell University; Naval Research Laboratory; Director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. Research interests include: observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, infrared astronomy, galaxy formation, and the history of astronomy and astrophysics.

From the description of Oral History interview with Martin Harwit, 1983 April 19, June 20, and June 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154305602

Astrophysicist.

Martin Harwit served as professor of astronomy at Cornell University and as co-director of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Program. In 1987 he was appointed director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. He received a Ph.D. in physics in 1960 from M.I.T. and taught at Cornell since 1962. Harwit's research interests have included observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, infrared astronomy, galaxy formation, and the history of astronomy and astrophysics. In the 1960s, he established research groups at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., and at Cornell that built the first rocket-borne telescopes cooled to liquid helium temperatures. In the mid 1970s, he began studying the history of astronomy and space science as it relates to public policy issues.

From the description of Martin Harwit papers, 1957-1987. (Cornell University Library). WorldCat record id: 63934790

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Subjects:

  • Outer space--Exploration
  • Antisemitism
  • Hadamard transform spectroscopy
  • Astrophysics--Study and teaching
  • Outer space--Exploration--Soviet Union
  • Science and state
  • Rocketry
  • Astrophysics--History
  • Telescopes
  • Infrared astronomy
  • Astronomy--Research
  • Science--Philosophy--History
  • Airplanes
  • College teachers
  • Astronomy--Study and teaching
  • Galaxies--Formation
  • Balloons in astronomy
  • Outer space--Exploration--United States
  • Astrophysics
  • Spectrometer
  • Comets
  • Astrophysicists

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Places:

  • Soviet Union (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)