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Family background and childhood in Germany, 1919-1934; emigration to U.S. and undergraduate study and life at Princeton University, 1934-1938. Graduate work at California Institute of Technology, 1938-1942; work with Jesse W. M. DuMond, course load, and importance of his thesis. War work at California Institute of Technology; problems because of enemy alien status; work on firing error indicators. War work at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory: atomic bomb explosion, feelings concerning implications. Research at University of California at Berkeley, 1945-1951: construction of linear accelerator under Luis Alvarez (training, funding, working relationships, work schedules, relationship with other research groups), work on synchrotron, bevatron, Material Testing Accelerator project, neutal meson work and pion work; campus life, teaching responsibilities, textbook writing with Melba Phillips; security measures at Berkeley, 1945-1951: Berkeley's loyalty oath leads to move to Stanford University, 1951. The "Screw Driver" report (with Robert Hofstadter) for the Atomic Energy Commission. Korean War-related work (Felix Bloch, Edward L. Ginzton, Robert Kyhl); rigid politics of physics department; Washington involvement; consultant to the Air Force Science Advisory Board; Hans Bethe, Edward Teller; Bethe's Conference of Experts, 1958; Geneva negotiations, 1959; George Kistiakowski and Isidor I. Rabi; appointment to President's Science Advisory Committee, 1960; Dwight D. Eisenhower. Government support of science; Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC); Joint Committee on Atomic Energy hearings (Ginzton, Varian Associates); avoiding the "Berkeley image" at SLAC. Also prominently mentioned are: Sue Gray Norton Alsalan, Carl David Anderson, Raymond Thayer Birge, Hugh Bradner, Henry Eyring, Don Gow, Alex E. S. Green, William Webster Hansen, Joel Henry Hildebrand, Giulo Lattes, Ernest Orlando Lawrence, Edwin Mattison McMillan, John Francis Neylan, Hans Arnold Panofsky, Ryokishi Sagane, Robert Gordon Sproul, Raymond L. Steinberger, Charles Hard Townes, Watters, Gian Carlo Wick, John Robert Woodyard, Dean E. Wooldridge, Fritz Zwicky; Federation of American Scientists, and Lawrence Radiation.
In this interview, David Zierler interviews Pier Oddone, currently a grape farmer in Sonoma County and formerly director of Fermilab. Oddone recounts his childhood in Peru and what life was like as the child of Italian immigrants. He describes his early interest in physics and he describes the circumstances leading to his decision to go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for his undergraduate education. Oddone discusses his graduate work at Princeton University, where he worked on composite scattering and participated in experiments at the Princeton Penn Accelerator. He describes his postdoctoral work at Caltech where he conducted research under the direction of Alvin Tollestrup. Oddone explains his decision join a research group at Berkeley and his collaborative work at SLAC where he worked on the BC25 bubble chamber experiment and the Positron-Electron Project (PEP) machine at the Berkeley Lab. He explains the significance of the time projection chamber (TPC) project and the impact of superconducting super collider (SSC) planning on the field. Oddone discusses his work for the National Cancer Institute and his decision to move to Fermilab. He explains his involvement with the Tevatron project, his management of relations with the DOE, and the legacy of the B-Factory program. At the end of the interview, Oddone describes his advisory work since his retirement.