Oral history interview with John Clarke Slater, 1963 October 3 and 8.

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Slater, John C. (John Clarke), 1900-1976. Oral history interview with John Clarke Slater, 1963 October 3 and 8.

Oral history interview with John Clarke Slater, 1963 October 3 and 8.

This interview was conducted as part of the Archives for the History of Quantum Physics project, which includes tapes and transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with ca. 100 atomic and quantum physicists. Subjects discuss their family backgrounds, how they became interested in physics, their educations, people who influenced them, their careers including social influences on the conditions of research, and the state of atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics during the period in which they worked. Discussions of scientific matters relate to work that was done between approximately 1900 and 1930, with an emphasis on the discovery and interpretations of quantum mechanics in the 1920s. Also prominently mentioned are: George D. Birkhoff, Niels Henrik David Bohr, Percy Williams Bridgman, Julian Lowell Coolidge, Ebenezer Cunningham, Charles Galton Darwin, Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, Ralph Fowler, P. Franklin, Werner Heisenberg, Friedrich Hund, Egil Hylleraas, Edwin Crawford Kemble, Hendrik Anthony Kramers, Alfred Landé, Robert Sanderson Mulliken, Norton, Wolfgang Pauli, Linus Pauling, George Washington Pierce, Erwin Schrödinger, Arnold Sommerfeld, M. Vallarta, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, Norbert Wiener; Harvard University, Harvard University Physics Conferences, Kbeh︣avns Universitet, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Universität Leipzig, University of Cambridge, and University of Rochester.

Sound recordings: 2 7-inch sound reels (ca. 4.0 hrs.), 2 sessions.Transcript: 78 p.

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