Oral History interview with Lyman Spitzer, 1991 November 27.


Oral History interview with Lyman Spitzer, 1991 November 27.

This interview centers around a discussion of Henry Norris Russell, and his influences as Director of the Princeton University Observatory. In this interview, Spitzer also addresses: his education at Yale University; the relationships between Russell, Sergei and Cecilia Gaposchkin, and Zdeněk Kopal; and his lifetime of research on stellar evolution. Other topics and affiliations discussed include: Subrahmanyan Chandrasekher, Ray Dugan, Newton Pierce, Martin Schwarzchild, and photometric research.

Transcript: 22 pages.


SNAC Resource ID: 6862547

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