[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: Charles H. Townes

Charles H. Townes, 1915-2015.

  • Interviewed 5 October 1971 at the Interstellar Moleculess Symposium in Charlottesville, length of interview: 25 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: Visit with Jansky and ApJ paper in 1946(!), calculations in mid-1950s, maser on Naval Research Laboratory 50 foot, Institute for Defense Analyses head, MIT, Berkeley (H2O and NH3).

    See Townes, Charles H. [Interview Date: October 5, 1971] for the transcript and full audio of this interview.
  • Interviewed 23 September 1981 at the University of California, Berkeley, length of interview: 60 minutes.
      Sullivan's brief summary of topics: 1944-47 calculations on galactic background as free-free and impressions (including of Jansky) then; 1955 work on "possible radio lines"; collaboration with Naval Research Laboratory on using 3-cm maser; general impressions of radio astronomy.

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

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