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Emigrates from Austria to England in 1938, and then to the United States in 1939; parents unhappy in America in the 1940s; father's socialism in Austria. Undergraduate (physics) at College of Charleston, SC., to University of Wisconsin for graduate study; meets Gregory Breit; M.A. in mathematics; joins American Youth for Democracy (Young Communist League), and then the Communist Party in 1946. Follows Breit to Yale University in 1947 to complete doctorate. After Ph.D.
This interview with Isadore Rudnick covers topics such as: his family background and childhood; going to school at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Richard Bolt; Ph.D. advisor Vern Knudsen; Leo Delsasso; Bob Leonard; Norm Watson; acoustics; working at Duke University during World War II; working with Robert Bruce Lindsay; Bob Beyer; working at Penn State University; high-frequency sound; working at UCLA; low-temperature physics; his student Kenneth Shapiro; superconductivitiy; Peter Kapitsa; member of the National Academy of Sciences; Acoustical Society of America.