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B.A. in physics from New York University, 1940; graduate work at University of California at Berkeley; contacts with J. Robert Oppenheimer at Berkeley and Princeton University; move to industrial physics and Bell Labs; re-entered university life at University of Wisconsin; developed University of California Santa Barbara's Institute for Theoretical Physics. Majority of interview devoted to JASON: motivation for joining; chairmanship of JASON during Vietnam involvement; selection of projects; important projects; technical advice versus policy advice; impact of JASON. Also prominently mentioned are: Bruce Babbit, Hans Albrecht Bethe, Sidney David Drell, Richard Lawrence Garwin, Marvin Leonard Goldberger; American Physical Society, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Stanford Research Institute, Three Mile Island, United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, United States Navy, United States President's Science Advisory Committee, and University of California at Santa Barbara Quantum Institute.
Origins of and affiliation with JASON; introduction to practical applications of physics through contact with Marvin Goldberger, Keith Brueckner, and Murray Gell-Mann at Los Alamos; move to Berkeley in 1957. Consulting with Goldberger and Gell-Mann for Convair, and reasons for their desire to form a private consulting firm; approach to the three by John Wheeler, Marvin Stern, and Charles Townes in order to form national security advisory group through Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA). Original JASON members; early projects on detection of nuclear tests; JASON's involvement with other agencies. Also prominently mentioned are: Joel Bengston, Nick Christofilos, Sidney David Drell, Val L. Fitch, David Abraham Katcher, Harold Warren Lewis, Herbert Frank York, Fredrik Zachariasen; and United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.