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Childhood in New York; high school experience at Horace Mann; Harvard undergraduate at the age of 15. Impressions of ordeal with Harlow Shapley. Depression years in the family business, return to a very changed Harvard in 1934. Thesis work on Interstellar Absorption (Bart Bok), Ph.D. 1937. Postdoc at Yerkes Observatory (Otto Struve) working on Upsilon Sagittarius. Develops the 140-degree camera (the Greenstein-Louis G.
Parents' background; childhood in Ohio; early interest in astronomy. Undergraduate education at Miami University for two years; drafted into the Navy in 1945. After war, continued undergraduate at University of Illinois, majored in physics. Graduate school at Cal Tech in Astronomy. Began work on the 200 inch telescope with Hubble and Baade, 1951; describes in detail the process of learning how to use the 60 inch and 200 inch telescope. Comments on his collaboration with Schwarzchild. Employment at Santa Barbara Street; fellowship at Princeton.
In this interview, Geoffrey Burbidge discusses his life and career. Topics discussed include: his family and childhood; Bristol University; Nevill Mott; University College, London; Harrie Massey; David Robert Bates; theoretical physics seminars at Cambridge University; Richard Feymnan; Freeman Dyson; Dick Dalitz; Abdus Salam; Nicholas Kemmer; becoming interested in astronomy and astrophysics via Margaret Burbidge; Royal Astronomical Society; Clive Gregory; research into stellar parallax, stellar atmospheres; Herbert Dingle; Auger effect; Otto Struve; Harvard University; Bart Bok; Donald Me