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Edmondson, Frank K. (Frank Kelley), 1912-
Oral history interview with Frank K. Edmondson, 1977 April 21 and 1978 February 2.
Early home life in Indiana, and early schooling. Origins of his interest in astronomy and the influence of both family and teachers. College years at Indiana University and contacts with members of the astronomy department there (E.C. and Vesto M. Slipher). Discussion of history of Indiana University Astronomy Department, and its contact with the Lowell Observatory. Graduate school at Harvard University, Peter van de Kamp's influence, work in stellar kinematics, impressions of atmosphere at Harvard. Faculty position at Indiana University, 1937 to present. Origins of Goethe Link Observatory, and the growth of the department. Organizational work in the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Work at National Science Foundation (NSF) as scientific officer for astronomy, 1956, and development of National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO); NSF and AUI; NRAO directors; Sputnik; Kitt Peak Observatory site survey, NSF and Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA); Aden Meinel; John B. Irwin's proposal for a photoelectric observatory; Flagstaff Conference; Robert McMath Panel; structure of Kitt Peak staff; Chilean observatory and development of Cerro Tololo; Gerard Kuiper's role in southern observatory; European Southern Observatory (ESO), Carnegie Southern Observatory (CARSO) and AURA joint Paris meeting; Russian interests in southern observatory; CARSO application to Ford Foundation; agreements between AURA and CARSO; building telescopes at Kitt Peak and Cerro Tololoth︣e WISCO dispute; policy problems; AURA Board meetings; demise of Space Division at Kitt Peak; Whitford Panel; White Sands rocket project; astronomy and teaching at Indiana. Also prominently mentioned are: Jorge Alessandri Rodríguez, Lawrence Hugh Aller, Bart Jan Bok, William A. Cogshall, James Cuffey, H. T. Davis, Arthur Foley, Paul Herget, Helen Sawyer Hogg, Virgil Hunt, Geoffrey Keller, C. O. Lampland, Robert Reynolds McMath, Edward Arthur Milne, Samuel A. Mitchell, William Wilson Morgan, Jason John Nassau, Henry Norris Russell, Frederico Rutllant, Charles Donald Shane, Harlow Shapley, Jurgen Stock, Otto Struve, Merle Antony Tuve, Herman B. Wells, K. P. Williams, Marshall Wrubel; Associated Universities, Inc., Ford Foundation, Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System, Lick Observatory, McDonald Observatory, and Yerkes Observatory.
Astronomer (steller motions, asteroids, faint stars) and administrator. On the astronomy faculty at University of Indiana from 1937, including department chair, 1944-1978, and observatory director, 1945-1978; research associate, McDonald Observatory from 1941; and vice president and president, Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy, 1957-1965.
Bok, Bart J. (Bart Jan), 1906-1983
Edmondson, Frank K. (Frank Kelley), 1912-
Kuiper, Gerard P. (Gerard Peter), 1905-1973
Milne, Edward Arthur, 1896-1950.
Russell, Henry Norris, 1877-1957.
Shane, Charles Donald, 1895-1983.
Shapley, Harlow, 1885-1972.
Tuve, Merle Antony, 1901-1982.
American Astronomical Society.
Associated Universities, Inc.
Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy.
Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory.
European Southern Observatory.
Ford Foundation.
Harvard University.
Indiana University.
Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Lick Observatory.
Lowell Observatory.
McDonald Observatory.
National Radio Astronomy Observatory (U.S.)
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
Yerkes Observatory.
Artificial satellites, Russian.
Astronomical observatories.
Astronomy -- Societies, etc.
Radio astronomy.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Sputnik satellites
White Sands Rocket Project.
Alessandri Rodriguez, Jorge, 1890-
Aller, Lawrence H. (Lawrence Hugh), 1913-2003
Cogshall, William A.
Cuffey, James.
Davis, H. T.
Foley, Arthur.
Herget, Paul, 1908-
Hogg, Helen (Battles) Sawyer, 1905-1993.
Hunt, Virgil.
Irwin, John Henry Barrows.
Keller, Geoffrey.
Lampland, C. O. (Carl Otto), 1873-1951.
McMath, Robert R. (Robert Raynolds), 1891-1962
Meinel, Aden B.
Mitchell, Samuel Alfred.
Morgan, W. W. (William Wilson), 1906-
Nassau, Jason John, 1893-1965
Rutllant, Frederico.
Slipher, Vesto Melvin, 1875-1969.
Stock, Jürgen.
Van de Kamp, Peter, 1901-
Astronomy -- Study and teaching.
Flagstaff Observatory.
Goethe Link Observatory.
Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System.
Las Campanas Observatory
DeVorkin, David H., 1944- interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA