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Leighton, Robert B.
Oral history interview with Robert Benjamin Leighton, 1977 July 29 and August 5.
Early schooling in Los Angeles; family background; interests in mechanical design and new techniques; Los Angeles Astronomical Society; schooling at Los Angeles City College and Caltech; early career choices; changes of interest; medical Van de Graaff project; experiences at Caltech during World War II; interests and work in rocketry; engineering courses at Caltech; Carl Anderson and development of interest in particle physics and cosmic rays; development of interests in planetary (Mars) and solar astronomy; access to Mt. Wilson Observatory. Students, colleagues and funding at Caltech; work on solar cycle; research philosophy and choice of projects; Mariner and other space projects; ground-based astronomy; support patterns in astronomy National Aeronautical and Space Organization (NASA) policies; Kitt Peak Observatory; relationship of Hale Observatories and Caltech. Also prominently mentioned are: J. A. Anderson, Horace W. Babcock, Robert Fox Bacher, Leo Goldberg, William Vermillion Houston, Francis Maxstadt, G. Neugebauer, Olin Chaddock Wilson, Fritz Zwicky; Carnegie Institution of Washington, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Mariner (Spacecraft), National Science Foundation (U.S.), United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and United States Office of Naval Research.
Robert Benjamin Leighton (1919- ). Member of physics faculty, California Institute of Technology, 1949-1986. Died 1997.
Anderson, Carl D. (Carl David), 1905-1991-
Anderson, John A. (John Augustus), 1876-1959
Babcock, Horace W.
Bacher, Robert F. (Robert Fox), 1905-2004
Goldberg, Leo.
Houston, W. V. (William Vermillion), 1900-
Leighton, Robert B.
Maxstadt, Francis
Neugebauer, G. (Gerry)
Wilson, Olin Chaddock
Zwicky, F. (Fritz), 1898-1974
California Institute of Technology
Carnegie Institution of Washington.
Hale Observatories.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (U.S.)
Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Los Angeles Astronomical Society
Los Angeles City College.
Palomar Observatory.
Project Mariner (U.S.)
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
United States. Office of Naval Research
Astronomical observatories.
Astronomy.
Astronomy -- Societies, etc.
Astrophysics -- History
Cosmic rays.
Mariner (Spacecraft)
Medical physics.
Nuclear physics.
Particles (Nuclear physics)
Research -- Finance.
Rocketry.
Solar cycle.
World War, 1939-1945.
Mars (Planet)
Sun
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DeVorkin, David H., 1944- interviewer.
AIP-ICOS
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA
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