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Abbadessa discusses politics, budget and funding structure at the United States Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) as well as the specifics of funding the Stanford Positron-Electron Asymmetric Ring (SPEAR). This interview was conducted by Elizabeth Paris as part of her dissertation project on the early history of electron colliding beams in the United States. She is working on her doctorate in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh.
Topics discussed include: his family history, his educational background, beginnings of nuclear physics and particle acceleration, Cockcroft-Walton generator, his fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), his World War II research at the MIT radiation lab on radar systems, his time at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, his work with various accelerators including the Cosmotron, and his time with the Atomic Energy Commission and the National Science Foundation.
In this interview Tihiro Ohkawa discusses topics such as: General Atomics; University of Tokyo; nuclear physics; Don Kerst; betatron; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN); Marshall Rosenbluth; Ted Taylor; Atomic Energy Commission; Fred de Hoffmann; Ed Creutz; accelerators; high-temperature gas cooled reactor (HGCR); United States Department of Energy (DOE); J. Robert Beyster; Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).