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Topics discussed include: education and career in astronomy.
In this interview David Latham discusses: his family background and early education; going to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for his undergraduate degree; decided to study astronomy as his post graduate degree at Harvard University; Sputnik satellite; finding work at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; working with Charles A.
Education at Ecole normale supérieure, Paris; survival during German Occupation, and gathering of astronomers at Haute Provence Observatory; work in stellar evolution, white dwarfs, and stellar atmospheres; views on cosmology; personal relation to Communist Party. Postwar situation of French astronomy, difficulties of establishing astrophysical community, Institut d'Astrophysique, changing relationships in education, government, and funding mechanisms. Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Société Astronomique de France. Comments on a variety of institutional problems.