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Dyson, Freeman J.
Oral history interview with Freeman J. Dyson, 1986 December 17.
Early interest in physics. Education and career prior to joining JASON: two years in the Royal Air Force; switch from mathematics to physics after the war; enrollment at Cornell University in 1947; difference between American and British physics. Exposure to science policy (Federation of Atomic Scientists, Philip Morrison); U.S. citizen 1957. Motivation for joining JASON; JASON work vs. work in Arms Control and Disarmament Agency; work on active optics in JASON; technical tasks vs. policy advice; Oregon Trail; availability of JASON bibliography; public profile of JASON members; divisions within JASON; other science policy activities; reasons for leaving JASON. Also prominently mentioned are: Abraham S. Besicovich; Columbia University, General Atomic Company, Nike-X (Missile), United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and University of Birmingham.
Born in 1923.
Besicovich, Abraham
Dyson, Freeman J.
Morrison, Philip.
Columbia University
Cornell University
Federation of American Scientists.
General Atomic Company.
JASON Defense Advisory Group
United States. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
United States. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
University of Birmingham.
Nike-X (Missile)
Nuclear disarmament.
Oregon Trail (warfare study)
Physics -- Great Britain.
Physics -- United States.
Science and state -- United States.
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Interviews. aat
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Transcripts. aat
Aaserud, Finn interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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