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<p>Then, the project finally got authorized in 1961 — but again after a rather amusing set of coincidences. At that time the Stanford project was sort of known as the Republican project because Eisenhower had proposed it to a Democratic Congress. At that time there was a project that the Democrats wanted in Congress which the Republican administration did not want. This was for the Hanford Reactor to generate power into the electrical net, because it was considered to be socialized electricity by the Republicans, to have power generated by a production reactor. There was also good economic and technical reasons against such a project. It’s a very inefficient reactor, for power generation because of the low temperature at which the Hanford reactor operates. Anyway, the Democrats wanted it and the Republicans didn't.</p>
<p>On the other hand, the Stanford linear accelerator was considered to be a Republican proposal, opposed by the Democrats. So after a while the Republicans and Democrats in the Joint Committee essentially said, "If you approve Hanford, then we approve Stanford." So it ended up with both of them getting approved, and it was this entirely political infighting in the Congress which resulted in that last hurdle being passed. However in 1960, we already had very good confidence that it would go, because the three million dollars was fundamentally a signal to us that Congress really meant it but that they wanted to slap Mr. Eisenhower’s wrist for non-consultation.</p>
Early years in Vienna; emigration to Sydney, Australia as refugee; training there in theoretical physics, to 1946. Quantum field theory and social interactions under Rudolf Peierls at University of Birmingham, to 1949, and Hans Bethe at Cornell University; relations among U.S. field theorists; nuclear theory applied to experiments. Discovery of triple-alpha process at Caltech, 1951; move into astrophysics and social relations in Cornell physics and astronomy departments. Work on increasing variety of astrophysics problems, some related to cosmology, and on ionosphere; Arecibo observatory. Sources of funds. Consulting on anti-ballistic missiles etc. in the 1960s; JASON, NASA and other government relations. Comments throughout on politics; discussions of work style, "pragmatic" approach to theory. Also prominently mentioned are: Wilhelm Heinrich Walter Baade, Victor Bailey, David Bohm, Henry Booker, Sidney Brenner, Dale Corson, Francis Crick, Frank Drake, Freeman Dyson, Richard Phillips Feynman, William Alfred Fowler, George Gamow, Murray Gell-Mann, Thomas Gold, Bill Gordon, Fred Hoyle, Charles Christian Lauritsen, Thomas Lauritsen, Francis Eugene Low, R. E. Makinson, Robert McNamara, Philip A. Morrison, Mark Oliphant, Eugenia Peierls, David Pines, Martin Ryle, Miriam Salpeter, Allan Sandage, Martin Schwarzschild, Julian R. Schwinger, R. W. Shaw, Tamann, Robert Rathbun Wilson, R. W. Wooley; California Institute of Technology, Conference on Relativistic Astrophysics, Conference on Stellar Populations (1957 : Rome, Italy), Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), National Science Foundation, Philips Elektronik Industrie GmbH, Sydney Boys High School, Tel-Aviv University, Texas Relativistic Astrophysics Conference, United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, United States Department of Defense, United States President's Science Advisory Committee, University of Sydney, and Vatican Symposia.