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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 Astrono
Early life, childhood interests; undergraduate at Furman University, South Carolina; B.A., 1917, M.A., 1918; Johns Hopkins University, 1923; optics work at Cornell University, 1919, 1924, Ph.D., 1924; recollections and anecdotes on teaching, research and administrative duties at: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1924-1941; University of Michigan, 1941-1945; National Bureau of Standards, 1945-1962; Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1962; comments on the construction and personalities of Harrison Randall and William Coblentz; assessment of former and present students and evalua
Family background, education, and emergence of scientific orientation. Undergraduate years at Wellesley College (1912-1916); description of physics department. Assistant examiner in U.S. Patent Office during World War I. At MIT under E.B. Wilson as graduate student and laboratory assistant, then lab instructor (1920-24). Returned to MIT for doctoral work in 1928. Mathematical physics thesis under Norbert Wiener, while teaching at Wellesley. Depression years brought teaching position at Wilson College (1930-43), used Wellesley as model.