Response to History of Modern Astrophysics Survey, 1980.


Tombaugh, Clyde William, 1906-1997. Response to History of Modern Astrophysics Survey, 1980.

Response to History of Modern Astrophysics Survey, 1980.

File consists of: questionnaire with brief, typewritten responses. Recipients were asked to discuss their decision to enter astronomy; their work during the Second World War; their professional work outside astronomy; the fields in which they have been most active, the advances in both those fields and others, and their own accomplishments and satisfactions; sources of funding; their perceptions of public attitudes; the influence of religion or philosophy on their work as astronomers; and their opinions on questions relating to the Big Bang Theory, cosmology, up-coming important developments, and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

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Tombaugh, Clyde William, 1906-1997. (person)

Clyde William Tombaugh was born February 4, 1906 on a farm near Streator, IL. The family moved to a farm in Kansas in 1922. He was hired to conduct planet-search photography in 1929 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. On February 18, 1930, Tombaugh discovered the ninth planet Pluto. The official announcement of the discovery was made March 13. The discovery led to awards and a scholarship to the University of Kansas where he started as a freshman in 1932, receiving his B.A. in 1936. In 1...