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Interview covers changes in the organization of physics research departments at Bell Laboratories during the period of Burton's career, from 1938-1958. Childhood and educational background.
Early life and education in Germany; student years in U.S. and A.B., Midland College, 1924; M.Sc., University of Nebraska, 1927; Ph.D., Yale University, 1929. Discussion of change in interest from liberal arts to physics. Sterling Research Fellow in Germany working with Arnold Sommerfeld, Hans Bethe, Erwin Schrödinger, Max Born and Fritz London on electron theory of metals and Van der Waal's forces. Instructor, 1929-1930; Professor, Yale University beginning 1931; changes in physics curriculum and resistance to it by Leigh Page. Physics textbooks written by Margenau.