Oral history interview with George Brooks Field, 1980 July 14 and 15.


Field, George B., 1929-. Oral history interview with George Brooks Field, 1980 July 14 and 15.

Oral history interview with George Brooks Field, 1980 July 14 and 15.

Career of George B. Field, theoretical astrophysicist and administrator of astronomical research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). Discussions of education at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton and Harvard Universities, interest in cosmological problems; possible detection of hot intergalactic matter in 1964; colleagues at University of California at Berkeley; views on popularizing science; reactions to Sputnik launch in 1957; funding of research from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA); views on the manned space program; effects of Vietnam War on NASA and astronomical research; involvement with the Space Telescope; views of the Space Shuttle; extensive committee work for NASA; astronomical research under NASA; work at SAO; new programs at SAO, such as x-ray astronomy and the Multiple Mirror Telescope; service on the Jesse Greenstein and Allan Bromley survey committees of astronomy and physics; and his view of the universe. Also prominently mentioned are: Kinsey Anderson, Stuart C. Bowyer, Jim Bradley, Tony Calio, Riccardo Giacconi, Thomas Gold, Leo Goldberg, John Hagen, Noel Hinners, Fred Hoyle, Frank Martin, John Earl Naugle, Al Opp, Edward Mills Purcell, Martin Schwarzschild, Dennis William Sciama, Henry Smith, Sylvia Favior Smith, Lyman Spitzer, George Steiner, Frank Sulloway, Pat Thaddeus, James Van Allen, Fred Whipple; American Science and Engineering, Inc., Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Congregational Church, Harvard College Observatory, Harvard University Society of Junior Fellows, High Energy Astronomy Observatory, Lick Observatory, National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) Astronomy Survey Committee, National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) Greenstein Committee, National Science Foundation (U.S.), New York Times, Orbiting Astronomical Observatory, Princeton University Matterhorn Project, Project Apollo, Skylab, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Multiple Mirror Telescope, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, Space Shuttle, United States Naval Ordnance Laboratory, United States Office of Management and Budget, United States Office of Naval Research, University of California at Berkeley, and Viking (Rocket).

Transcript, 80 pp.

Related Entities

There are 30 Entities related to this resource.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6sv8d0k (corporateBody)

The Department of General Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) did not officially exist until 1882. Courses in general studies were offered as early as 1865, when the MIT Catalog offered a curriculum option called the Course in Science and Literature. At that time, all regular MIT students were required to take “general studies” classes from the Course in Science and Literature, in addition to English, history, and modern languages. In 1882 the Course in Scienc...

United States. Office of Naval Research

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6nk74nd (corporateBody)

The original "Survey of large-scale computers and computer projects" was published by the Office of Naval Research in 1947 and 1948. It was revised and updated in 1950 under the title, HIGH-SPEED COMPUTING DEVICES (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1950). This work was contracted out to the Minneapolis, Minn., firm of Engineering Research Associates and was an attempt to survey the state of computer technology at a time when the Navy was weighing the possibility of supporting the development of the electro...

United States. Naval Ordnance Laboratory

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6nh20q2 (corporateBody)

Project Apollo (U.S.)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6wf1szt (corporateBody)

The Apollo program was the third United States human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished landing the first humans on the Moon from 1969 to 1972. First conceived during Dwight D. Eisenhower's administration as a three-man spacecraft to follow the one-man Project Mercury which put the first Americans in space, Apollo was later dedicated to President John F. Kennedy's national goal of "landing a man on the Moon and returnin...

National Science Foundation (U.S.)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6pc6rdk (corporateBody)

Purcell, Edward M.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w67s7qt1 (person)

Physicist; interviewee b.1912. From the description of Reminiscences of Edward Mills Purcell : oral history, 1964. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122376599 Vital dates, 1912-1997. From the description of Oral history interview with Edward Mills Purcell, 1977 June 8 and 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82576526 From the description of Oral history interview with Edward M. Purcell, 1982 June 29. (Unknown). WorldCat rec...

Princeton University. Matterhorn Project.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6q3188n (corporateBody)

Field, George B., 1929-....

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w65x3vgf (person)

Astrophysicist. From the description of Papers, 1963-1986. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78557679 ...

Gold, Thomas, Sir, -1686

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6df6s9v (person)

Died June 22, 2004. From the description of Oral history interview with Thomas Gold, 1978 April 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78228370 Thomas Gold (1920-2004). Astronomer. Education: Cambridge University. Professional experience: Cavendish Laboratory, 1946-1947; Trinity College, 1947-1951; Royal Greenwich Observatory, 1952-1956; Harvard University, 1957-1958; Cornell University, 1959-1987. Research interests: cosmology, geophysics, radio astronomy, magnetohydrodynamics. ...

Harvard University. Society of Fellows

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6vj0zmr (corporateBody)

The Society of Fellows was established in 1933 as an alternative to the Ph.D. at Harvard; it used the Prize Fellowships of Trinity College, Cambridge as a model. The Society consists of seven senior members and 25 "Junior Fellows." Eight Junior Fellows are elected each year. The organization selects outstanding scholars who are no older than 25 years at the time of their election. The Fellowship consists of renewable three-year terms, a stipend, and full use of Harvard facilities. This allows th...

Skylab Program

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6z937d1 (corporateBody)

University of California (1868-1952)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6m940p0 (corporateBody)

Administrative History During the mid-twentieth century, the American Labor Movement reached a pinnacle of power and influence within society. The Second World War required that labor be managed as a strategic resource; the high productivity of workers during the war carried over in the peace time economy, which experienced a sustained economic "boom." Unlike European labor relations, where unions play an "official" role in government, the Am...

United States. Office of Management and Budget

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6w41r16 (corporateBody)

The Director, assisted by the Deputy Director, the Associate Director, the Assistant Director, the Executive Assistant to the Director, the Secretariat, and other staff members of the Office of the Director, is responsible for the general direction and coordination of Office Activities, and for maintaining relations with the President, Congress, other Government agencies, and the public. The Office of the Director provides administrative services for the Office as a whole. The Director, as head ...

National Air Museum (U.S.)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w67986n4 (corporateBody)

Harvard college observatory

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6dc1wbz (corporateBody)

NEROC and CAMROC were cooperative ventures. In the case of NEROC, Harvard, Brown, Univ. of Massachusetts, M.I.T., Dartmouth, Smithsonian Institution, and others; in the case of CAMROC, Harvard, M.I.T., and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. NEROC was a nonprofit corporation of educational and research institutions formed in June 1967 to continue the planning initiated by CAMROC for an advanced radio and radar research facility. From the description of Records of Northeast Rad...

Schwarzschild, Martin

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64t9pnj (person)

An American astronomer who was Eugene Higgins Professor of Astronomy at Princeton University from 1951 to 1979. From the description of Martin Schwarzschild papers, 1939-1994. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 79110403 Martin Schwarzchild (1912-1997). From the description of Oral history interview with Martin Schwarzchild, 1977 September 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79715469 Martin Schwarzschild, 1912-1997. An American astronomer ...

American Science and Engineering, Inc.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w67d9xpp (corporateBody)

Bromley, D. Allan (David Allan), 1926-2005

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w60r9qk4 (person)

Goldberg, Leonard D.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6930vj5 (person)

Died 1987. From the description of Oral history interview with Leo Goldberg, 1978 May 16 to 1982. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79357855 Leo Goldberg (1913-1987), Astronomer. Astronomy Department at the University of Michigan (1946-1960); election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1958); chaired the Astronomy Department and Higgins Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University (1960-1971); Director of the Harvard College Observatory (1966-1971); Chair of NASA's Astrono...

Princeton University

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w63z1x39 (corporateBody)

The collection documents the physical expansion of the University from its earliest period through the acquisition of large tracts of land in the 20th century, including the properties around Carnegie Lake and numerous farms. Early records document transactions with such Princeton University notables as Nathaniel Fitz Randolph, John Witherspoon, Walter Minto, John and Richard Stockton, and John Maclean. For the most part, the papers consist of standard legal documents with detailed descriptions ...

Harvard University

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6vt5fhv (corporateBody)

The Committee on the Choice of Electives recommended in 1910 that in order to guarantee students' reading knowledge of French or German, every student must pass a special oral examination in either one of the two languages before admission to the junior class. The rule was revised in 1920. From the description of Oral examination papers in French and German, 1912-1913. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 228513467 During World War II, Harvard University trained militar...

Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6nk3h38 (person)

Fred Lawrence Whipple was an astronomer, and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1956. From the description of Correspondence, 1965-1975. (American Philosophical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 122579023 From the guide to the Fred Lawrence Whipple correspondence, 1965-1975, 1965-1975, (American Philosophical Society) Fred Lawrence Whipple (1906- ), an astronomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), was noted for his research and...

Hirsh, Richard F.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64m9d4f (person)

Greenstein, Jesse L. (Jesse Leonard), 1909-2002

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6fq9xs0 (person)

William Carlos Williams was an American poet, often considered part of the Imagist and Modernist movements. From the description of Letter from Jesse L. Greenstein to William Carlos Williams. 1939, Nov. 19. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 226352006 Greenstein was a Harvard educated astronomer who came to the California Institute of Technology in 1948 to run the astronomy program, which then included the administration of the...

Lick Observatory

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6cc4xb6 (corporateBody)

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w60w92qf (corporateBody)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established as an independent agency of the executive branch on October 1, 1958 by the National Aeronautics and Space Act (72 Stat. 426), approved July 29, 1958. It superseded the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). NASA conducted redsearch on problems of flight, developed aeronautical and space vehicles, explored outer space, and participated in international programs for the peaceful development of space technology....

Space Shuttle Program (U.S.)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w60049wq (corporateBody)

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w69d0r9w (corporateBody)

The National Academy of Sciences, founded in Washington, D. C., in 1863, grew out of a desire for a body of scientists to give advice on scientific matters to the federal government. Joseph Henry, first Secretary of the Smithsonian, was a force behind its creation. From the description of National Academy of Sciences, 1863-1887 Records. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78403445 ...

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6vf0tdc (corporateBody)

Robert C. Child was appointed Assistant in the Astrophysical Observatory (APO) in 1893. In 1894 his title was changed to Aid, Acting in Charge, APO, a position he retained until 1896. Charles G. Abbot joined the APO as an Assistant in 1895. The following year he became Aid, Acting in Charge, APO. From the description of Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1893-1899 Records. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78228384 Robert C. Child was appointed assistant in the Astrophysica...

Bowyer, Stuart C.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6bw09b3 (person)