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Topics discussed by Louis Witten in this interview include: Peter Bergmann, childhood and background, being drafted during World War II, meteorology, radar applications in weather, Glenn Martin Company, Johnrass Hopkins University, Franco Rasetti, Theodore Berlin, Gilbert Plass, Lyman Spitzer, Stellarator, Atomic Energy Commission, Martin Kruskal, Martin Schwarzschild, University of Maryland, Elliot Montroll, statistical mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Lincoln Laboratory, George Trimble, Research Institute for Advanced Study (RIAS), Solomon Lefschetz, Robert Bender, g
In this interview David Finkelstein discusses topics such as: his childhood; undergraduate work at City College in New York in electrical engineering and physics; Gabriel Kron; John von Neumann; Mark Zemansky; graduate work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); general relativity; Victor Weisskopf; Norbert Wiener; Stevens Institute of Technology; moving to an Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) laboratory at New York University during the Korean War; relativity; Charles Misner and working with him; Richard Feynman's work; Dennis Sciama and Roger Penrose; European Centre for Nuclear Res
Second session deals mainly with science policy and science advising in the United States and Europe after World War II. Vice-president of International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), 1951-1954; chairman of U.S. NATO subcommittee (Henry Jackson); work for establishment of the NATO Science Council; U.S. delegate to the NATO Parliamentarians, Paris 1957. Discussion of his concern about scientific manpower; postwar Europe (Holland, France) leads to awareness of need for a national defense research laboratory in U.S.