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Gould, Gordon, 1920-2005
Oral history interview with Gordon Gould, 1983 April 8 and October 23.
Studied at Union College, worked at Westinghouse. Initial graduate work at Yale University, 194l-1943, with concentration on optical spectroscopy. Trained personnel in vacuum technology for Manhattan Project. Additional graduate study under Polykarp Kusch at Columbia University; at I. I. Rabi's suggestion, applied optical pumping in his thesis work. Suggested optical pumping of maser. Remarks on maser's commercial potential and potential of the laser. Discussion of his attitude vis-a-vis Charles Townes and Arthur Schawlow, ca. 1957. Recruitment to Technical Research Group, Inc. and work on laser, ca. 1958. Almost entirely concerned with Gould's activities from 1958-1967, while he was at TRG Inc. Reception of his laser idea by TRG staff, job activities during the years when his lack of clearance prevented him from concentrating on lasers; some of the laser projects he undertook once TRG's laser contract was declassified.
Gould, Gordon, 1920-2005
Kusch, Polykarp, 1911-
Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988
Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999
Townes, Charles H.
Columbia University
Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company.
Yale University.
Lasers -- History.
Manhattan Project (U.S.)
Spectrum analysis.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Spectrum analysis.
Technical Research Group
Bromberg, Joan Lisa. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA