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Early life in Pennsylvania; German background; training at Radcliffe College and Harvard College Observatory; staff positions at Harvard and Yale Universities and the Maria Mitchell Observatory. Comments on growth of research interests; the administration of the Harvard College Observatory under Harlow Shapley and Donald Menzel; ballistics research during World War II; women in science. Specific research areas discussed include spectroscopy, luminosity criteria, astrometry and variable stars. Also prominently mentioned are: Robert d'Escourt Atkinson, James G.
Interview focuses on his college education at University of Chicago, and his graduate years at Yerkes; leaving school for the Peace Corps; return to Yerkes; work in astrometry with van Altena; interests in astrophysical applications of astrometric work; postdoctoral years at Lick; impressions of astronomical community's regard for astrometry and the rise of modern astrometry; research and living conditions at the Royal Observatory; 1973 Eclipse expedition in North Africa; return to Lick; impressions of astronomers, N.B.