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Collection ID:
Record Unit 259
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence and administrative files maintained by Assistant Directors Kenneth H. Drummond, 1959-1961, and Carlton W. Tillinghast, 1961-1969. Records prior to 1959 were created mostly by the executive officer, Vaughan Harmon. Correspondents include astronomers and scientists, SAO and Smithso...

Discusses Whipple's research and tenure as director of the SAO, 1955-1976, especially: the Prairie Network, established to photograph meteorites and fireballs in order to calculate their orbits; comparisons of photographic and radio data on flare stars to identify radio noise from stars; development of stellar atmosphere models in the 1960s; automated data processing at SAO for research and to publish large data sets, such as the Star Catalog; importance of rapid publication of data, such as the standard earths; refinement of observational techniques used in the STP, Prairie Network, Radio Meteor Project, Orbiting Solar Observatory, and Orbiting Astronomical Observatories; his involvement in the lunar program; a national program for astrophysics in relation to NSF and NASA; SAO's minimal involvement with the Division of Radiation; SAO research projects on Greenland micrometeorite studies, neutrino searches, and atomic clock tests of the theory of relativity; development of an observatory on Mt. Hopkins, Arizona, with "pin money"; construction of the MMT on Mt. Hopkins in 1971; decrease in national funding for astrophysics in late 1960s and effects on SAO; transfer of the central bureaus to SAO, including the International Astronomical Union telegraph service and the Center for Short-Lived Phenomena; SAO research in the sixties, including support for the space telescope project, Edward L. Fireman's high energy research on meteorites, and the radio meteor program; reminiscences of colleagues, including Craig M. Merrihue, Imre G. Izsak, and Carlton W. Tillinghast; his role in the Apollo program and reminiscences of the first lunar landing in 1969; formation of the Center for Astrophysics after Whipple's retirement in 1973; his research strategy to encourage innovative work in meteoritics, geodetics, x-ray and radio astronomy; his current research on comet theory and tektites.
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Collection ID:
Record Unit 9520
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Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Assistant Director (Management)
Dates:
1956-1967
Size:
12.5 cu. ft. (25 document boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 259
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

This record unit consists primarily of records maintained by Assistant Director Carlton W. Tillinghast, 1961-1969, with smaller amounts created by his predecessor Kenneth H. Drummond, 1959-1961, and the executive officer, Vaughan Harmon. Also included is correspondence and memoranda addressed to Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Dire...

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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Office of the Deputy Director
Dates:
circa 1963-1983
Size:
34 cu. ft. (34 record storage boxes)
Collection ID:
Record Unit 468
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

These records were created primarily by John G. Gregory as Assistant Director, 1973-1982, and Deputy Director, 1982-1983. A small amount of material was created by his predecessors, Carlton W. Tillinghast, 1961-1969, and Robert V. Bartnik, 1970-1973. The records include correspondence, memoranda, reports, budgets, and publications documenting ...

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Whipple, Fred L. (Fred Lawrence), 1906-2004, interviewee
Dates:
1976
Size:
4 audiotapes (Reference copies).
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9520
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives

The Smithsonian Institution Archives began its Oral History Program in 1973. The purpose of the program is to supplement the written documentation of the Archives' record and manuscript collections with an Oral History Collection, focusing on the history of the Institution, research by its scholars, and contributions of its staff. Program ...

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