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Family background, early life in Brooklyn and Detroit, high school; undergraduate studies at University of Michigan, switch from mathematics to physics. Graduate work at Michigan, 1931-1933; thesis research combines quantum mechanics and infrared spectroscopy. Difficulty finding academic job during Depression; works for Lowell Observatory while at Michigan, 1933-1936; devises long-path absorption cell, research in infrared spectrum of earth's atmosphere. Joins faculty of Johns Hopkins University (Gerhard Dietz), 1935-1936. To Lowell Observatory (Roger Lowell Putnam, V. M. Slipher, E. C.
Born February 13, 1923 in Berlin, Germany; discusses life in Germany and Belgium under Hitler’s rule. Recalls his transition to America and his high school and undergraduate education in New York; discusses his transfer to the University of Michigan and being hired at MIT’s Radiation Lab. Discusses his graduate education at Columbia in physics and his interest in geophysics from Maurice Ewing; Jean Katz discusses her background and how she came to be Ewing’s personal secretary.