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Interview discusses Leo McGrath's early life and schooling in Concord, Massachusetts, entrance to Harvard on scholarship, courses in the sciences, and contact with Fred Whipple and Cecilia Payne Gaposchkin. Impression of moving from the Concord High School to Harvard. Leave from Harvard for military duty in the Army Security Agency. How his military experience may have prepared him for Smithsonian work. Marriage and return to Harvard. Planning for a career. Jobs, and then responds to opening from Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). Excitement after Suptnik.