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This interview centers around a discussion of Henry Norris Russell, and his influences as Director of the Princeton University Observatory. In this interview, Spitzer also addresses: his education at Yale University; the relationships between Russell, Sergei and Cecilia Gaposchkin, and Zdenek Kopal; and his lifetime of research on stellar evolution. Other topics and affiliations discussed include: Subrahmanyan Chandrasekher, Ray Dugan, Newton Pierce, Martin Schwarzchild, and photometric research.
Early life and family origins; Phillips Andover Academy; teachers; Andover and Max Millikan; early interest in astronomy; methodology of science; undergraduate years at Yale University; hobbies, teachers at Yale; physics and Alan Waterman; interest in particle accelerator; extracurricular study group at Yale; interest in economics; Henry Fellowship at University of Cambridge; concentration in theoretical physics; studies with Arthur Eddington.