Oral history interview with Clyde William Tombaugh, 1969.


Oral history interview with Clyde William Tombaugh, 1969.

Discovery as an amateur astronomer of the planet Pluto (Percival Lowell's planet X) at the Lowell Observatory in 1930. Events leading up to the search and Tombaugh's involvement. Comments on the history of the Lowell Observatory as Percival Lowell's privately built and owned planetary observatory. Also prominently mentioned is: V.M. Slipher.

Preliminary transcript.


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