Oral history interview with Ellen Dorrit Hoffleit, 1979 August 4.


Oral history interview with Ellen Dorrit Hoffleit, 1979 August 4.

Early life in Pennsylvania; German background; training at Radcliffe College and Harvard College Observatory; staff positions at Harvard and Yale Universities and the Maria Mitchell Observatory. Comments on growth of research interests; the administration of the Harvard College Observatory under Harlow Shapley and Donald Menzel; ballistics research during World War II; women in science. Specific research areas discussed include spectroscopy, luminosity criteria, astrometry and variable stars. Also prominently mentioned are: Robert d'Escourt Atkinson, James G. Baker, Ida Barney, Albert Bennett, Bart Jan Bok, Dirk Brouwer, Annie Jump Cannon, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Leland Cunningham, Henry Draper, Willard Fisher, Leo Goldberg, Graustein, Margaret Harwood, Ejnar Hertzsprung, Edwin Powell Hubble, Tom Johnson, F. Kopal, Frederick Leonard, Antonia Maury, Margaret Olmsted, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Edward Charles Pickering, Richard Prager, Dirk Reuyl, Henry Norris Russell, Harlan Smith, Theodore Sterne, Harlan Stetson, Otto Struve, Henrietta Hill Swope, Clyde William Tombaugh, Walker, Adriaan J. Wesselink, Fred Whipple; Aberdeen Proving Ground Ballistics Research Laboratory, Armagh-Dunsink-Harvard Telescope, Bond Astronomical Club, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michelson Laboratory, Mount Wilson Observatory, Phi Beta Kappa, V-2 (Rocket), and Vassar College.

Transcript, 78 p.


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