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Topics discussed include: John Jefferies's family background and education in Western Australia, 1925-1942; undergraduate studies at the University of Western Australia, 1942-1946 and graduate studies at University of Cambridge, 1947-1949; work at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia, 1949-1956 and research with Ronald Giovanelli on radiation transfer and spectra; moving to the United States; Harvard University; Sacramento Peak Observatory; High Altitude Observatory; National Bureau of Standards; founding of Joint Institute for Laboratory Astronomy at Boulder, Colorado; Scientific work on Non-LTE (Local Thermo-dynamic Equilibrium) with Richard V. Thomas; work on calcium lines; book on spectral line formation; use of techniques for terrestrial plasmas; developling the astronomy program at University of Hawaii including the 88-inch telescope and work with Gerard Kuiper; formation of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corportation; NASA and United Kingsom infrared and extragalactic telescopes and programs; thoughts on various panels he served on including National Science Foundation Advisory Panel for Optical Astronomy, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy Visiting Committee, and NASA Physical Sciences Committee.
In this interview Arthur V. Phelps discusses topics such as: Ted Holstein; Westinghouse Research Laboratories; Julius P. Molnar; John A. Hornbeck; Louis Malter; Dan Alpert; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Sandy Brown; Manfred Biondi; Will Allis; Leonard Loeb; atomic and molecular physics; high vacuum techniques; National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA); electron energy distribution; Chun Lin; atomic collisions; Lewis M. Branscomb; laser physics; plasma physics; workers from Bell Laboratories and the Radio Corporation of America (RCA); Sidney Krasik.
Elske van Panhuys Smith discusses topics including: her childhood in Monaco, Austria, Holland, Venezuela, Costa Rica, and the United States of America; undergraduate education at Radcliffe with Harlow Shapley; marriage to Henry Smith; graduate school in astronomy at Harvard University with Bart Bok; job interviews with Leo Goldberg, Jesse Greenstein, Carnegie Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM), Jack Evans; job offer at Sacramento Peak; reception from graduate professors concerning solar astronomy; family life and children in Alamogordo; High Altitude Observatory; fellowship at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in Boulder; move to Washington, DC for husband's job offer at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) headquarters; teaching position at the University of Maryland; American Astronomical Society (AAS) and the early years of the Solar Physics Division (SPD); discrimination against women in scence; Ed Dennison; Donald Menze; Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) teaching and administration in the College of Humanities and Science; research at the Naval Observatory and Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.