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Avrett, Eugene H., 1933-
Oral history interview with Eugene Avrett, 2005 October 14.
This interview reviews his personal and professional life and was conducted as part of a study of the history of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory during the tenure of Fred Whipple, 1955-1972. Topics include his childhood and education, including his undergraduate years at Georgia Tech and his entrance to Harvard for graduate study in physics; his advisors included Gerald Holton, Max Krook, George Carrier; his choice to work in stellar atmospheres; collaboration with Krook and Owen Gingerich; completing his PhD from Harvard; hired at the Stellar Theory Division at SAO; SAO under Whipple; impressions of joint program between Harvard and Smithsonian; teaching activities; extensive discussion of Celescope, calibration issues, and the challenges of analyzing the data and the production of the catalog of UV stellar colors; continued refinement of stellar atmospheres techniques and the changing knowledge of theoretical energy distributions mitigate the value of Celescope data; role of Celescope staff, mainly Robert Davis, in processing; Nancy Roman's role in OAO and suggestion to close down Celescope; relations between HCO and SAO and between Leo Goldberg and Fred Whipple; Steve Strom and early development of optical astronomy at SAO; deteriorating relations between Harvard and SAO and the formation of the Center for Astrophysics.
Eugene Avrett (1933 - ): Astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Avrett, Eugene H., 1933-
Carrier, George F.
Davis, R. J. (Richard J.)
Gingerich, Owen.
Goldberg, Leo.
Holton, Gerald James.
Krook, Max.
Roman, Nancy Grace, 1925-
Strom, Stephen.
Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory). Project Celescope.
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DeVorkin, David H., 1944-, interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA