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Childhood in Germany and family background — competitive spirit; war years — internment and radar work with Bondi and Hoyle (1942-1945) at Cambridge — development of theory of hearing and steady state theory; at Greenwich (1952-1956) — research on lunar surface and terrestrial dynamics; positions at Harvard and Cornell — involvement with Arecibo; involvement with governmental agencies including NSF and NASA — changes in government funding. A major part of the interview covers the development and reception of the steady date theory.
Background and undergraduate years at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, and later return to Cambridge to study relativity under Paul A. M. Dirac, against father's wishes. Work with a Trinity fellowship, 1952-1958, alongside Herman Bondi, Thomas Gold, Fred Hoyle and Raymond Lyttleton, developing and extending steady state theory and doing other broad-scale theory. Move to University of Oxford, 1970, after other posts. Interest in Mach's Principle; abandonment of steady state theory; work of student Stephen Hawking on black holes; development and social context of cosmology.