NATIONAL RADIO ASTRONOMY OBSERVATORY ARCHIVES
Finding Aid to the Papers of David E. Hogg, 1965-2006
See also the Papers of Kenneth I. Kellermann, which include a series of interviews with Hogg conducted in 2013.
Location of collection: National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Archives, 520 Edgemont Rd., Charlottesville, VA. Phone: 1-434-296-0203, email: archivist at nrao.edu
Title and dates of the collection: Papers of David E. Hogg, 1965-2006
Size of the collection: 5.5 linear feet.
Papers/Records created by: Hogg, David E. (1936- )
Short description of collection: This collection includes papers collected by David E. Hogg during his work at National Radio Astronomy Observatory on the Very Large Array, the Millimeter Array and the Green Bank Telescope, as well as materials related to his work on various astronomy advisory committees.
Selected search terms:
- Hogg, David E., (1936- )
- Very Large Array
- Millimeter Array
- Green Bank Telescope
Biography: David Edward Hogg was born in 1936 in Newmarket, Canada, son of astronomers Helen Sawyer Hogg and Frank Hogg. He received his BA in Physics and Mathematics from Queen's University in 1957, his M.Sc. in Radio Astronomy from Queen's University in 1959, and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from University of Toronto in 1962.
He joined the staff of National Radio Astronomy Observatory in September 1961. During his long career at NRAO he served as Assistant Director for Green Bank Operations from 1970-1974 and again from 1992-1993, as Assistant Director for Tucson Operations from 1985-1986, as Associate Director of NRAO from 1974-1979, and as Deputy Director from 2003-2004. He was involved in the development of the Green Bank Interferometer between 1962 and 1970. He supervised the water vapor measurements that were used in the selection of the site of the VLA, and later conducted similar measurements in Hawaii and Puerto Rico for potential sites for the VLBA. He was actively involved in the early planning and site search for the Millimeter Array (MMA), which later became the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), and in the planning and development of the Green Bank Telescope (GBT). He was a member of the GBT Commissioning group, focusing on correlator checkout, served on the team which defended NRAO in the GBT Arbitration proceedings, and was a member of the GBT Azimuth Track Review Panel. He became NRAO Scientist Emeritus upon retiring in 2005.
Dr. Hogg's research has focused on radio emission from supernova remnants, the origin of cosmic rays, the structure of radio sources, and interstellar matter in early-type galaxies. His work includes both single dish and interferometric observations.
Outside of NRAO, Dr. Hogg has served on committees and councils for many organizations, including the American Astronomical Society, the National Science Foundation's Astronomy Advisory Committee, the U.S. National Committee for URSI, the Review Committee on the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, the Arecibo Advisory Board and Visiting Committee, the NOAO Scientific Program Audit and Review Committee, ACAST's Subcommittee on Radio Astronomy, the Advisory Board for the Institute of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at Virginia Tech, USRA's Astronomy and Space Physics Council, and the International Review Committee for the Shanghai 65-meter Radio Telescope Antenna. He has been a reviewer of astronomy books for Choice.
He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the Canadian Astronomical Society, the International Astronomical Union, and the International Scientific Radio Union.
[Biographical note written by Ellen N. Bouton, with additions and corrections by David E. Hogg.]
Accession history: The bulk of the material was donated to the NRAO Archives over a period of several months in 2010, with occasional additions thereafter.
Access to collection: No restrictions. The Archives are open part-time; contact the Archivist for appointment.
Restrictions on use of collection: None.
Publication rights: Copyright has been assigned to The National Radio Astronomy Observatory. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist.
Preferred citation: [Identification of item, box, and file], Papers of David E. Hogg. Archives, National Radio Astronomy Observatory / Associated Universities, Inc. / National Science Foundation. After the initial citation, abbreviations may be used: D.E. Hogg Papers, NRAO Archives, NRAO/AUI/NSF.
Processing notes: Arrangement, description, indexing, foldering and boxing of this material was begun by Evelyn Braintwain and Ellen N. Bouton in October 2010 and completed in early 2011. During the processing, fasteners were removed, and materials were removed from binders of various types.
Scope and Contents of Collection
Very Large Array (VLA) Series: This series includes charts, notes, reports, correspondence, memos, meeting minutes, graphs, and data from 1965-1974 regarding the planning, design, and site selection of the Very Large Array. Hogg supervised the water vapor measurements what were used in the selection of the site of the VLA, and water vapor materials are included. All items are filed according to Hogg’s original arrangement. Size: 0.25 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections. Related materials: See the Very Large Array Unit in the Records of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Millimeter Array (MMA) Series: The first U.S. community science workshops on the design of a synthesis array for millimeter-wave astronomy were held in 1983 and continued through 1989. In July 1990 the National Radio Astronomy Observatory submitted a proposal for a millimeter array to the National Science Foundation (NSF), and in 1991 the decadal report of the National Research Council's Astronomy Survey Committee recommended the Millimeter Array as the highest priority ground-based astronomy project for the 1990s. Planning and site research began at NRAO, in November 1994 National Science Board (NSB) approved a project development plan for the MMA and endorsed further planning, and in May 1998 the NSB authorized the expenditure of $26M for a three-year MMA design and development program. In June 1999, the NSF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with European institutions for a joint design and development phase of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a project that joined the MMA with the European Large Southern Array project. This series includes correspondence, notes, reports, reprints, memos, viewgraph copies, meeting minutes, meeting agendas, charts, and graphs from 1983 through 1995 concerning the planning, organization, site search, and design of the Millimeter Array. All items are filed according to Hogg’s original arrangement. Size: 0.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections. Related materials: For additional materials on the MMA, see also the Records of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Papers of Robert L. Brown, the Papers of Mark A. Gordon, the Papers of Paul A. Vanden Bout, and the MMA/ALMA Memo Series.
Green Bank Telescope (GBT) Series: This series includes site research information, memos, reports, notes, correspondence, reprints, meeting materials, meeting minutes, agendas, graphs, diagrams, view graphs, view graph copies, and journal cuts from 1965-2004, concerning the planning, organization, design, and construction of the Green Bank Telescope, and on the azimuth track review. All items are filed according to Hogg’s original arrangement. Size: 2.0 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections. Related materials: See the GBT Unit in the Records of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Councils and Committees Series: This series includes correspondence, reports, meeting notes, meeting minutes, view graphs, view graph copies, agendas, memos, reprints, and presentations from the various organizations' councils and committees on which Hogg served. Material is dated 1979-2004. Organizations include the American Astronomical Society, Associated Universities, Inc., National Optical Astronomy Observatory, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, National Research Council, National Science Foundation, Shanghai 65 Meter Review Panel, and Universities Space Research Association. All items are filed according to Hogg’s original arrangement. Size: 2.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.
Publications Series: This series includes drafts, final versions, resources, references, cd of figures, and correspondence related to Hogg's 1993 and 2006 publications in books and journals. All items are filed according to Hogg’s original arrangement. Size: 0.5 linear feet. Click here for a listing of folders, or use the NRAO Archives online catalog to search for specific items or across multiple series/collections.
Helen Sawyer Hogg Series: This series includes materials received from David E. Hogg related to his mother, astronomer Helen Sawyer Hogg (1905-1993).
- Photographs Unit: This unit includes 443 digitized photographs belonging originally to Helen Sawyer Hogg. At the time of her death in 1993, the photographs were passed on to David Hogg, were digitized in 2012 by his son Brian, and the digitized images were added to the Archives in 2017. Most photographs were taken by Helen Sawyer Hogg and include family photographs, photographs taken at NRAO sites, as well as a few astronomical images. Photographs are dated 1949 through the mid-1980s. Contact the Archivist for access.
- Oral Interview Unit: This unit includes audio files of a 46-minute oral interview conducted by Frank Edmondson with Helen Sawyer Hogg in 1979. Contact the Archivist for access.
- Helen Sawyer Hogg Miscellany Unit: This unit includes miscellaneous materials related to Helen Sawyer Hogg.
Miscellany Series: This series of miscellaneous materials from 1959-2010, includes a file of miscellaneous administrative correspondence and memos dated 1973-1978, music for "A Song of the Universe" with accompanying 2003 note, a short play on life of a telescope operator dated 1992, materials gathered for obituaries written by Hogg (Hall 2010, Turner 2008, Williamson 1982), clippings (1962-1993), 1959 brochure and dedication program for the University of Michigan 85 foot radio telescope. Size: 0.25 linear feet.