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Traces origins of family in Germany and family move to Cincinnati; early schooling in Cincinnati through graduation from the University there; work at Cincinnati Observatory as computer; Morrison Fellowship at Lick Observatory, 1935; work and study at Berkeley; contacts at Yerkes; return to the University of Cincinnati in 1936; work during World War II; removal of Rechen Institute from Germany to Cincinnati after World War II; Nautical Almanac Office; Minor Planet Center; Research through 1950s; family and future.
Traces origins of Paul Herget's family in Germany; early schooling in Cincinnati through graduation from the University; work at Cincinnati Observatory; Morrison Fellowship at Lick Observatory, 1935; work and study at University of California at Berkeley; contacts at Yerkes Observatory; return to the University of Cincinnati in 1936; work during World War II; removal of Rechen Institute from Germany to Cincinnati after World War II; Nautical Almanac Office; Minor Planet Center; research through 1950s; family and future.
In the interview Akira Kasahara discusses the following topics: family background and childhood; the University of Tokyo; his interest in astronomy and meteorology; the Japanese Meteorological Society; his research in numerical weather prediction and later tropical cyclones; his work at Texas A & M University, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), with the Atomic Energy Commission at the Argonne National Laboratory, Courant Institute, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and the University of Stockholm; his use of computers as early as in the lat
Early education in Germany, 1934-1957, including study at Kiel University. Move to U.S. and work at University of Maryland encompassing plasma spectroscopy, sounding rocket work, and theta pinch plasmas, 1957-1962. Completion of Ph.D., 1963; move to National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA-Langley) for work on plasma spectroscopy, 1963-1968. Expansion to galactic structure; first work with computers; declines job offer from German firm. Move to NASA and Washington, D.C.; mission of solar programs office; relations with outside astronomers.
This interview is a biographical profile, an institutional history, and a focused study of examples of W. Kent Ford's electronic image amplifiers and detectors. The interview took place in the library of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism that exhibits some of these instruments.
Ford also brough several as illustrations during the interview. Portions of the interview were video recorded and are so indicated in the transcript.