[Cover of Sullivan's book 2009, Cosmic Noise]
Sullivan's Cosmic Noise, Cambridge University Press, 2009


Papers of Woodruff T. Sullivan III: Tapes Series

Interviewee: Jan Hendrik Oort

Jan Hendrik Oort, 1900-1992.

  • Interviewed 7 September 1971 at Green Bank, West Virginia, length of interview: 15 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: Suggestion of 21-cm line during WW II; post-war development of radio astronomy in Holland, 21 cm line discovery.

  • Interviewed 16 March 1972 at Leiden, length of interview: 38 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: Continued from 1971 interview. Early 21-cm days, Kootwijk map of galaxy (2° beam),expanding motiions in our galactic center, Dwingeloo polarization work, high velocity clouds, Benelux Cross to Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope. [Sullivan notes at end of interview that, because of a problem with batteries, much of the interview sounds as if it was recorded at too high a speed.]

  • Interviewed 6 September 1978 at Leiden, length of interview: 65 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: Follow-up of 1971 and 1972 interviews; a few research topics missed before (theory of galactic background, Crab polarization); how Leiden was run and research topics chosen; early Stichting history; views on radio astronomy and optical astronomy.

Sullivan's files include: Publications card, transcriptions of Sullivan's interviews (reviewed and edited by Sullivan), archival material, correspondence with Sullivan. Additional material on Oort is included in the files on Leiden in the Institutional Unit.

Modified on Wednesday, 26-Feb-2014 13:34:45 EST by Ellen Bouton, Archivist (Questions or feedback)