Family background, early education and interests; undergraduate at Sacramento Junior College and University of California, Berkeley; first independ
Whinnery trained many prominent maser and laser scientists in his University of California, Berkeley Electrical Engineering laboratories.
In this interview Harold Weaver discusses topics such as: family background and his childhood; becoming interested in astronomy; visiting Lowell Ob
Origins of and affiliation with JASON; introduction to practical applications of physics through contact with Marvin Goldberger, Keith Brueckner, a
Doctoral thesis on 2-level solid state masers at Berkeley in 1956-1959 through the beginnings of his work on integrated optics at California Instit
Topics discussed include: family background; von Hippel's time at Gottingen and lectures by Max Born and James Franck; his fellowship at Berkeley;
Interview complements an extensive oral history interview made by William Glen in 1977, and focuses on academic geophysics.