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Vasilevskis, Stanislaus, 1907-1988
Oral history interview with Stanislaus Vasilevskis, 1977 July 13 and 22.
Early life in Latvia before World War I; the University of Latvia in Riga; assistant in astronomy at Riga in 1928 and early impressions of experience in astronomy; graduation in 1932 and position at the University at Latvia in Mathematics in 1936; work in fundamental astrometry; Latvia during the Depression; growth of interest in photographic astrometry; life during World War II in Latvia and in Danzig refugee camps; contact with Ernst Opik; German astronomy during the war; contact with Lick Observatory through Robert Trumpler and Harold Weaver; arrival at Lick Observatory in 1949; assistant to Hamilton Jeffers; Charles D. Shane and Lick in early 1950s; Otto Struve at University of California at Berkeley and possible position there; full staff position at Lick; governance at Lick; search for large scale funding for astrometry; funding for 120-inch programs; construction of 120-inch; development of Carnegie astrograph program in 1950s; contacts with National Science Foundation; the automatic measuring engine; work on the translation journal in the early 1950s and the role of refugee astronomers (Struve's organization); photographic parallaxes and Frank Schlesinger's influence; flexure of 120-inch mounting; Lick moves to Santa Cruz, mid-1960s; Lick and the University of California system: diverse interests and influences; staff reactions to the physical move; recollections of Joel Stebbins and Walter Baade. Also prominently mentioned are: van de Boss, William W. Campbell, Ejnar Hertzsprung, Clark Kerr, Gerhard Lessman, Fritz Neubauer, Roger Revelle, Robert Gordon Sproul, Joel Stebbins, Robert H. Weitbrecht, Albert Edward Whitford, William Hammond Wright; Gaertner Scientific Corporation, Lick Observatory, 120-inch Telescope, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles, and Yerkes Observatory.
Baade, Walter, 1893-1960.
Boss, van de
Campbell, William Wallace, 1862-1938.
Hertzsprung, Ejnar, 1873-1967.
Jeffers, Hamilton
Kerr, Clark, 1911-
Lessman, Gerhard
Neubauer, Fritz M.
Öpik, Ernst Julius, 1893-1985
Revelle, Roger, 1909-1991-
Schlesinger, Frank, 1871-1943
Shane, Charles Donald, 1895-1983.
Stebbins, Joel, 1878-1966
Sproul, Robert Gordon, 1891-1975.
Struve, Otto, 1897-1963.
Trumpler, Robert J. (Robert Julius), b. 1886
Vasilevskis, Stanislaus, 1907-1988
Weaver, Harold F.
Weitbrecht, Robert H.
Whitford, Albert E. (Albert Edward), 1905-2002
Wright, William Hammond
Gaertner Scientific Corporation.
Latvian P. Stuchka State University
Lick Observatory.
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
University of California, Berkeley.
University of California, Los Angeles.
University of California, Santa Cruz.
Yerkes Observatory.
Astronomical photography.
Astronomy -- Germany.
Astrophysics -- History
Prisoners of war -- Latvia.
Research -- Finance.
Telescope, 120-inch.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Science.
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Interviews. aat
Sound recordings. aat
Transcripts. aat
DeVorkin, David H., 1944- interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA