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Childhood; early interest in science (astronomy). Member of Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1928. Special student at University of California at Berkeley, 1931, with Donald H. Menzel’s help. Regular student from 1932; comments on teachers and fellow students at Berkeley Student Observatory. Summer assistantship at Lick Observatory (Nicholas Mayall, Arthur B. Wyse), life at Lick Observatory.
A short biographical study dealing with the origins of his family; his upbringing and influences upon him leading him first to engineering and physics and then into astronomy; University of Minnesota undergraduate years; The Depression; teaching physics in the South; Fisk University; University of Michigan graduate school; faculty position at Indiana University; the 1964 Civil Rights Amendment; decision to move to Howard University in 1977.