Oral history interview with Olin C. Wilson, 1978 July 11.


Oral history interview with Olin C. Wilson, 1978 July 11.

Early life in San Francisco and first contacts with astronomy in 1920; Public Lectures under auspices of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific; college years at University of California at Berkeley, 1926-1930; interests in physics and astronomy; contact with Donald Menzel; move to Caltech and graduate studies; work with Paul Merrill; Mount Wilson in the 1930s; limitations of spectroscopic equipment; recollections of Edwin Hubble; job offers and decision to remain at Mt. Wilson; origins of research interests and early work leading to Wilson-Bappu Effect; stellar chromospheres and first use of 100-inch telescope in 1938; work on rocket project during World War II; recollections of Walter Baade and Walter S. Adams; postwar years at Mount Wilson; Ira Bowen; Office of Naval Research (ONR) funding; research on planetary nebulae; instrumentation for the 200-inch telescope; internal peer review system; Halton C. Arp's work; continued work on Wilson-Bappu Effect and need for theoretical understanding; study of the solar cycle; teaching and graduate students; work with Rudolph Minkowski; recalibration of Cepheid period/luminosity; Paul W. Hodge's and George Wallerstein's paper of 1967; Walter Baade and Fritz Zwicky; the operation of Hale Observatories; kinematics of the Orion Nebula; origin of southern station at Las Campanas; Hale Observatories and Caltech; Bowen's retirement. Also prominently mentioned are: Helmut Abt. Lawrence H. Aller, Horace W. Babcock, Raymond Thayer Birge, William W. Campbell, Theodore Dunham, Jr., Hyades, Donald Howard Menzel, Dimitri Mihalis, Joseph H. Moore, Guido Münch, F. Pease, George Preston, Rayet, Allan Sandage, Garritt P. Serviss, Charles Donald Shane, Stanislaus Vasilevskis, Wolf; Carnegie Institution of Washington, Hale Observatories, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Lick Observatory, University of California at Berkeley, and Yerkes Observatory.

Transcript, 119 p.


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