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Havens, William W. (William Westerfield), 1920-2004
Oral history interview with William W. Havens, 1991 February 21, July 17, 29, Augut 5, 12 and 14.
Topics include his youth and education; his Ph.D. work at Columbia University; building the Nevis cyclotron; nuclear fission; the United Nations Nuclear Cross-section Committee; his appointment as Secretary to the American Physical Society; recollections of Karl Darrow; Physical Review; Physical Review Letters; various divisions of the American Physical Society; Committee on the Future of Nuclear Physics; his consulting work with Los Alamos in 1962; schism of APS membership over military patronage and Viet Nam War; the changing role of the American Institute of Physics; impressions of William Koch; recollections of Goudsmit retirement as Physical Review editor; his appointment as Professor of Applied Physics and Engineering at Columbia University in 1978; APS involvement in the Star Wars Project; impressions of collaborations in high-energy physics; personal impressions of the role of physics in society. Prominently mentioned names include: Karl Darrow, John Dunning, Maurice Ewing, Enrico Fermi, James Fletcher, William Koch, Willis Lamb, George Pegram, Frank Press, Shirley Quimby, I.I. Rabi, James Rainwater, Emilio Segre, Charles Schwartz, Henry Smyth, Edward Teller, Harold Urey, Hermann Weyl, John Wheeler, Herbert York, Also the American Physical Society, American Institute of Physics, Columbia University, American Association of Physics Teachers.
William W. Havens, 1920-2004. Professor of Physics at Columbia University from 1955, and served as the University's Director of Nuclear Science and Engineering from 1961 to 1977. He also served as the director of Columbia's Energy Research Center. From 1941 to 1945, he worked on the Manhattan Project with Nobel laureate James Rainwater, a Columbia professor of physics. Together, they built a neutron spectrometer, which enabled the testing of theories of nuclear structure with great precision. Havens served as Executive Secretary of the American Physical Society for 25 years.
Darrow, Karl K. (Karl Kelchner), 1891-
Dunning, John R. (John Ray), 1907-1975.
Ewing, W. Maurice (William Maurice), 1906-1974
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954.
Fletcher, James Chipman, 1919-
Goudsmit, Samuel A. (Samuel Abraham), 1902-1978
Havens, William W. (William Westerfield), 1920-2004-
Houston, W. V. (William Vermillion), 1900-
Koch, Herman William, 1920-
Lamb, Willis E. (Willis Eugene), 1913-2008
Pegram, George Braxton. 1876-1958.
Press, Frank, 1924-
Quimby, Shirley L.
Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988
Rainwater, L. James, (Leo James), 1917-1986.
Schwartz, Charles Leon, 1931-
Segrè, Emilio.
Smyth, Henry De Wolf, 1898-
Teller, Edward, 1908-2003
Urey, Harold Clayton, 1893-1981
Weyl, Hermann, 1885-1955.
Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008
York, Herbert F. (Herbert Frank).
American Association of Physics Teachers.
American Institute of Physics.
American Physical Society.
American Physical Society -- Administration.
Columbia University. Department of Physics
Nevis Laboratories
Nuclear fission.
Particles (Nuclear physics) -- International cooperation.
Physics -- Societies, etc.
Strategic Defense Initiative
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Oral histories. aat
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Doel, Ronald Edmund, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA