Oral history interview with Vera Kistiakowsky, 1976 April 27 to September 1.


Kistiakowsky, Vera. Oral history interview with Vera Kistiakowsky, 1976 April 27 to September 1.

Oral history interview with Vera Kistiakowsky, 1976 April 27 to September 1.

Childhood, family; father's career and fame; early education in Massachusetts and Pittsburgh, PA; early interest in chemistry and medicine; undergraduate at Mt. Holyoke (premed and chemistry). Graduate school University of California at Berkeley, Ph. D. in Chemistry (promethium isotopes); switch to nuclear physics; postdoctoral studies with Luis Alvarez. Research Associate at Columbia University 1954-1959 (Professor Chien-Shiung Wu). Brandeis University, 1959-1963, joining a high energy group involved with MIT; MIT Laboratory for Nuclear Science from 1963 (Irwin Press); bubble chamber workA︣rgonne National Lab, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center; photoproduction and counter experiments. Professor of Physics 1972, studies in pi-plus p interactions at 147 GeV. Commitment to feminism leads to extensive involvement in women's issuese︣specially women in science; comments on marriage and children; discussion of career (for women). Organizational affiliations and activities on a wide variety of issues, discussion of the ISIS bubble chamber experiment. Feelings on life and career, future, failure of expectations.

Transcript, 232 p.

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