Harwit, Martin, 1931-

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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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referencedIn American Physical Society. Symposium on the History of Astrophysics in the 20th Century: papers presented and related correspondence, 1987. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Friedman, Herbert, 1916-2000. Oral History interview with Herbert Friedman, 1983 June 7. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Herbert Friedman Papers, 1940-2000 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Harwit, Martin, 1931-. Oral History interview with Martin Harwit, 1983 April 19, June 20, and June 22. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Biermann, Ludwig, 1907-1986. Oral history interview with Ludwig Franz Benedikt Biermann, 1984 February 16. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Wilkinson, David T. Oral history interview with David Todd Wilkinson, 1984 September 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Peebles, P. J. E. (Phillip James Edwin). Oral history interview P. J. E. Peebles, 1984 September 27. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Alpher, Ralph. Oral history interview with Ralph Alpher and a joint interview with Robert Herman, 1983 August 11 and 12. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Unsöld, Albrecht, 1905-. Oral history interview with Albrecht Unsöld, 1984 February 24. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf National Air and Space Museum. Office of the Director. Office of the Director, National Air and Space Museum, circa 1972-1989 Records. Smithsonian Institution Archives
referencedIn National Air and Space Museum. Dept. of Space History. The Space Astronomy Oral History Project, 1981-1986. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Harwit, Martin, 1931-. Martin Harwit papers, 1957-1987. Cornell University Library
creatorOf DeVorkin, David H., 1944-. Oral History interview with Martin Harwit and Henry Kondracki, 1983. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Martin Harwit papers, 1957-1987 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
creatorOf Weizsäcker, Carl Friedrich, Freiherr von, 1912-2007. Oral history interview with Carl Friedrich Weizsacker, 1984 February 15. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Dicke, Robert H. (Robert Henry). Oral history interview with Robert Henry Dicke, 1985 June 18. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
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