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Family background; identification with and influence of mentor Harvey Fletcher; bachelor's degree; calling as a Mormon missionary in Chicago, graduate course in physics with Albert A. Michelson. Work on electronics and acoustics at Western Electric at the invitation of Fletcher; influence of the work of Hendrik Johannes van der Bijl and Harold D. Arnold. Resumption of graduate studies at University of Chicago in 1919 and recollection of his work there with Michelson and Robert Millikan; change of dissertation topic to investigation of a hearing problem using vacuum tube circuits.
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.