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Early childhood, education 1938-1962; astronomy interest; graduate school at California Institute of Technology, impressions of professors; interest starts for cosmology. Social and political climate at Rice University; interests in quasi-stellar objects and astrophysics; distance relationship of quasi-stellar objects-galaxy associations. Importance of pulsars, pulsars as energy source. Non-professional life. Also prominently mentioned are: Halton Christian Arp, John Bahcall, Geoffrey R. Burbidge, Beverly Oke; Mount Wilson Observatory, and Princeton University.
This interview begins with a discussion of Routly's undergraduate experience at McGill University, before moving on to discuss: his introduction to astronomy at Princeton University; his work at the Mount Wilson Observatory; a comparison of the astronomy programs of Princeton and the California Institute of Technology; his recollections of other astronomers at Princeton; his executive position in the American Astronomical Society; and his final career move to the United States Naval Observatory.