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Recollections of physics community in 1920s and early 1930s; opportunities for physics work in Europe; awareness of political climate in Germany (1932); relationship with Werner Heisenberg at University of Leipzig; awarded Rockefeller Fellowship to study at University of Rome; contacts with physicists after Leipzig and before Rome; John Von Neumann's list of refugee physicists; offered appointment to position at Stanford University; visit to University of Copenhagen and Niels Bohr's advice to accept appointment; relinquishing of second half of fellowship; influenced by Bohr, Heisenberg and
Interview focusses on Heisenberg's papers on nuclei published in the 1930s. Also prominently mentioned are: Niels Bohr, Enrico Fermi, Ettore Majorana, Wolfgang Pauli; Fermi Interaction, neutrinos, quantum electrodynamics, and quantum mechanics.
Origins of interest in nuclear physics when Gamow came to Gottingen and wrote his alpha radioactivity paper. Assisted Born with treatise on quantum mechanics. Work with Pauli on quantum electrodynamics. Half-year in Copenhagen (1930) working with Bohr, an arrangement which lasted until the war when Rosenfeld was called home. War years in Utrecht, Holland. Lived in England after war until 1958.
Slater leaves Harvard University for Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1930 (Karl Compton) to build up Physics Department there; work on quantum electrodynamics. Growth of MIT Physics Department in the 1930s and 1940s, relations between experimentalists and theorists; discussion of works and publications during the 1930s. Changes in U.S. physics; overview of post-World War II physics to 1951, and reasons for establishing own research group; establishment of the Radiation Lab, 1940; magnetron work; Bell Labs visits, 1941-1942 and 1943-1945.