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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.
Topics discussed include: work at the Weather Bureau, U.S. Air Force, and New York University; Air Resources Laboratory; research on atmospheric diffusion and transport; pollution; carbon dioxide monitoring with Charles D. Keeling at Mauna Loa Observatory; CFC monitoring with James Lovelock; administering programs to set up atmospheric monitoring stations; monitoring stations and their instrumentation development and support.