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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, 1911-1993
Rabi, I. I. (Isidor Isaac), 1898-1988
Schawlow, Arthur L., 1921-1999
Townes, Charles H.
Columbia University
Technical Research Group
Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company.
Yale University.
Lasers -- History.
Manhattan Project (U.S.)
Spectrum analysis.
Oral histories. aat
Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
Bromberg, Joan Lisa. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA