[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: Jesse L. Greenstein

Jesse L. Greenstein, 1909-2002.

  • Interviewed 22 August 1975 at his home in Pasadena, California, length of interview: 50 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: Work with Whipple on a dust model for Jansky's wave, troubles with the calculations; emerging view of the interstellar medium in 1930s; Reber's personality, apparatus at Wheaton, and results; free-free theory and its problems; attitude of optical astronomers towards radio astronomy. (Interview ends ~1946 - in future must get his 1947 review with Reber, work on radio source IDs and radio source problems with Baade and Minkowski, politics of Owens Valley funding, perhaps early quasar story.)
    See Greenstein, Jesse L. [Interview Date: August 22, 1975] for a transcript of this interview and a brief audio clip.
  • Interviewed 13 January 1980 in Pasadena, California, length of interview 115 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: Continuation of 8/75 interview; 1947+; Observer review with Reber; characters and work of Baade and Minkowski; connection of interstellar magnetic fields and radio emission mechanisms; 1954 Washington D.C. conference; 1955-62 radio astronomy and John Bolton at Cal Tech; funding politics in 1950s for radio astronomy and astronomy; their general relation.

Sullivan's files include: Publications card, Sullivan's notes, transcription of 1975 interview (reviewed by Sullivan and Greenstein), correspondence with Sullivan, archival material, photo. 2 folders.

See the Listing of Conferences and Lectures for Greenstein's 1980 talk on history.

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