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In this interview, Minoru Oda discusses his career in physics. Topics discussed include: Osaka University, Seishi Kikuchi, magnetrons, Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese atomic weapons project, World War II, solar radio astronomy, Yuzuru Watase, Yoichiro Nambu, Sachio Hayakawa, Bruno Rossi, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), cosmic ray physics, Bill Kraushaar, Stanislaw Olbert, George Clark.
Childhood, family life, early influences; to Clark University in physics and mathematics; financial hardships; graduate work at Rice University (W. Heep, H. A. Wilson), M.A., 1941; chooses ferromagnetism over more popular nuclear physics. To Naval Ordnance Laboratory to work on magnetic mines, 1941; discovers electrical engineering (J. Kiethley).