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Family background and childhood in Fingerlakes, New York region; recollections of religious influences on family; recollections of undergraduate training at Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa); involvement in Tenth Mountain Division [ski troops] during World War II; completes undergraduate education at Princeton; impressions of Princeton geology faculty; interest in attending law school; impressions of graduate training in geology at Yale; recollections of Adolph Knopf, Carl Dunbar, Chester Longwell, Richard Foster Flint, and G.
Early experiences in forestry with the Ottawa Field Naturalist Club; study of physics and geology at the University of Toronto (1926-1930, B.A. 1930), influence of Satterly; Massey fellowship to Cambridge University (1930-1932, M.A. 1932), contact with Jeffreys; work at Princeton in geology (1932-1936, Ph.D.), contacts with A. Einstein, L. Infeld, Scheidegger, and Field. U.S. Geological Survey, (1936-1938). World War II involvement with British Sappers in Dover (1940). Director of Operational Research, Canadian Airborne (1943). Professor of Physics, University of Toronto (1946-1967).
Michael MacCracken discusses topics such as: his family background and childhood; climatology; undergraduate work at Princeton University in engineering; being interviewed by Edward Teller for a fellowship; University of California, Davis; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Michael May; Chuck Leith; geophysics; Project Plowshare; National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Ames Research Center; Climate Impact Assessment Program (CIAP); United States Department of Energy; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); climate change; George Hidy; Peter Mueller; Fred Ko