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Family background; graduate study in mathematics at University of Chicago in the 1930s under Gilbert A. Bliss, Marsten Morse and Eliakim Hastings Moore; faculty position at the University of Michigan, 1939-1948; war work at the Ballistics Research Laboratory and at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in Philadelphia; ENIAC and counter technology; John Von Neumann's involvement with computers at Princeton's Institute of Advanced Study; mathematics after World War II. Also prominently mentioned are: Paul N. Gillon, T. H.
Early life in Pennsylvania; German background; training at Radcliffe College and Harvard College Observatory; staff positions at Harvard and Yale Universities and the Maria Mitchell Observatory. Comments on growth of research interests; the administration of the Harvard College Observatory under Harlow Shapley and Donald Menzel; ballistics research during World War II; women in science. Specific research areas discussed include spectroscopy, luminosity criteria, astrometry and variable stars. Also prominently mentioned are: Robert d'Escourt Atkinson, James G.