[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: Fred Hoyle

Fred Hoyle, 1915-2001.

  • Interviewed 27 April 1981 by telephone from Cambridge to Cambria. NB: Sullivan's notes say, "Recording turned out to be so faint that I felt it best to listen to it and separately record my summary of all questions and answers." Length of original interview: 98 minutes; length of Sullivan's "oral transcription" of interview: 60 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: Wartime radar work (and idea of spherical dish for radio astronomy!); relationships of theorists and Cavendish radio astronomers; steady state cosmology, logN-log S curves, 2C and Mills surveys, personality clashes, etc.; extragalactic nature of radio sources (ca. 1950-51) and emission mechanisms in radio sources throughout 1950s.

  • Interviewed 22 May 1988 in Bologna, length of interview: 118 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: Much the same topics as in 4/81, but now decent audio quality and "live"; topics: wartime radio work; genesis of steady state theory and its subsequent attacks and defense from radio astronomy, especially Ryle's source counts; personalities (Baade, Gold, Ryle, Mills, Greenstein,etc.); emission mechanisms (including synchrotron radiation) of sources; quasars.

Sullivan's files include: Publications card, Sullivan's notes, correspondence with Sullivan, archival material, photo.

Modified on Wednesday, 31-Aug-2011 11:46:29 EDT by Ellen Bouton, Archivist (Questions or feedback)