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Deals with the events leading up to and the discovery of the Crab Nebula Pulsar. Comments on his education at Cornell University and switch to astrophysics. Teams up with Michael Disney at Steward Observatory for their first observation on a 36-inch telescope. Discovery of the Vela Supernova remnant pulsar convinces them to concentrate on the Crab Nebula rather than white dwarfs. Discussion of preparations, of observations, and of the discovery. Reaction to the discovery, effect on future work. Also mentioned are: Robert McAllister, Don Taylor, and Dr. Weyman.
An account of the discovery of the Crab Nebula Pulsar by Michael Disney and John Cocke. Meeting Cocke at University of Arizona; international pulsar debate leads to their hunt for the Crab Nebula. Their first observation on an old 36-inch Newtonian telescope at Kitt Peak; trying to find the Southern Proceeding Star; Bob McAllister, Don Taylor and his Multiscalar. Announcement of, and reactions to, the discovery. Comments on events that led to Disney's choice of astronomy; comments on science (equated it with big game hunting) and scientists.