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This interview with A. G. W. Cameron focuses on selected aspects of Cameron's research including nucleosynthesis and use of computers in research. Covers Cameron's different topics of research as well as various institutional appointments. Also comments on style of research and William Fowler's receipt of Nobel prize. Other topics discussed include: his family background and childhood, graduate work at the University of Saskatchewan, Leon Katz, photonuclear reactions, astrophysics, Paul Merrill, galactic evolution, Iowa State teaching nuclear physics, Chalk River, advising work for Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and Department of Energy (DOE), hydrogen bomb, origin of the moon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Stirling Colgate, nuclear astrophysics, teaching at Yale University, big bang theory, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Fred Whipple, Leo Goldberg, Hans Suess, Harold Urey, William Fowler, Fred Hoyle, Geoffrey Burbidge, California Institute of Technology, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
In this two-part interview, David Zierler, Oral Historian for AIP, interviews Victor Reis, formerly of the Department of Energy. In part I, Reis recounts his childhood in New York City, his education at Brooklyn Tech, his undergraduate experience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), his enrollment in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), and his graduate work in electrical engineering at Yale University, where his dissertation focused on supersonic flow. Reis describes his work at the Ames Research Center where he focused on aeronautics, his work on missile systems with the Anti-Missile Research Advisory Council (AMRAC), and his decision to join Lincoln Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Reis explains his research on space lasers, and the factors leading to his decision to join the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Reis provides a broad view of science policy in Washington, his consulting work at Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), and his work at Deputy Director of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). In the final portion of the first interview, Reis discusses his work as the Assistant Secretary of Energy for the Department of Energy Defense Program.