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In this interview, Bambang Hidayat discusses his life and career and the development of Indonesian astronomy. Topics discussed include: his childhood in Java during Dutch colonialism, Japanese occupation, and the Indonesian war for independence; University of Indonesia; Gale Bruno van Albada; Pik-Sin Thé; Richard Hanau; Bosscha Observatory; U.S. Agency for International Development; double stars; UBV photometric system; Victor Blanco; Case Institute of Technology; Jason J. Nassau; Schmidt telescope; Adriaan Blaauw; Jan Oort; International Astronomical Union; K. A.
Early life in New York and California, and decision to do undergraduate work in astronomy at University of California at Berkeley. Decision during army service, 1955-1957, on a career in astronomy; return to Berkeley, 1957, for graduate work. Professional career: work at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), 1961-1964; return to Berkeley as professor in 1964, and research in galaxy-related problems. General problems in cosmology. Also prominently mentioned are: Wilhelm Heinrich Walter Baade, Jerry Brown, Armin Deutsch, Jesse Leonard Greenstein, Louis Henyey, Alfred H.