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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.
In this interview Chester McKinney discusses his family and education, his association with the Acoustical Society of America, his military service and training, his work while director of the Applied Research Laboratories, work on U.S. Navy Committees, and teaching at Texas Tech University. Topics discussed include Applied Research Laboratories (formerly Defense Research Laboratories), The University of Texas at Austin; Acoustical Society of America; Richard Lane; Paul Boner; childhood interest in radio and electronics; East Texas State Teachers College; M. Y.