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In this interview, Geoffrey Burbidge discusses his life and career. Topics discussed include: his family and childhood; Bristol University; Nevill Mott; University College, London; Harrie Massey; David Robert Bates; theoretical physics seminars at Cambridge University; Richard Feymnan; Freeman Dyson; Dick Dalitz; Abdus Salam; Nicholas Kemmer; becoming interested in astronomy and astrophysics via Margaret Burbidge; Royal Astronomical Society; Clive Gregory; research into stellar parallax, stellar atmospheres; Herbert Dingle; Auger effect; Otto Struve; Harvard University; Bart Bok; Donald Me
Family background; influence of uncle in early interest in astronomy and construction of first telescope in 1942; discussions between Schmidt's father and Adriaan Blaauw about the possibility of a career in astronomy; copying tables of astronomical data as a boy; early work on galaxies and mass models for galaxies; university education and influence of Blaauw, Oort and Minnaert; work as a Carnegie Fellow on optical structure of open clusters; work at Caltech on helium abundance in HII regions; history of discovery of quasars; learning about cosmology from Alan Sandage; work with the 200-inc
Early years in Holland and attraction to astronomy; education at Groningen (1946-1949) and at Leiden under Oort (1949-1956); life at Hale Observatories and Caltech (1956-1977). Research on comets, radio map of galaxy, distribution of mass and rate of star formation in galaxy, red shifts of galaxies and quasars, nature of quasars. Views on cosmology, use of 200-inch telescope, and social relations of astronomy.