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Discussion includes childhood and education; his interest in physics and graduate school at Cornell; war work at Los Alamos; reaction to Trinity and Hiroshima; Los Alamos Association of Scientists; Feynman; ethical questions about nuclear weapons; move to Ohio State University and more x-ray physics work; his management style as department chair at OSU; the formationof and his work with the Commission of College Physics; transfer of teaching ideas to other areas of science; training teaching assistants; reaction of other physicists to Jossem's work; involvement with American Association of
This interview with Jim Stith was conducted following his retirement as Vice President of the AIP’s Physics Resource Center. It covers his childhood in rural Virginia, and how he became interested in science, attendance at segregated schools, and at Virginia State University, where he received a BS degree in physics 1963 and an MS in physics in 1964. It discusses his work in physics under John Hunter, the third African-American to receive a PhD in the subject.