Family background and early education. Born 1906 in Harrington, Washington. Family moved to Canada 1910, father a farmer. Undergraduate studies at University of Alberta (Professor Robert Boyle). Summer studies at University of Chicago, 1926 and 1927; graduate enrollment from 1928. Comments on teachers, Carl H. Eckart, Samuel L. Hoyt. Work with Arthur J. Dempster; Ph.D. with Arthur H. Compton, 1930. Academic appointments from 1931; lectureship at University of Alberta, 1931-1939. Lecturer and assistant professor at MacDonald College, spent several of the summers in Denver with Joyce C. Stearns (cosmic rays) on Mt. Evans or at Echo Lake; assistant professor at McGill University from 1939. Comparison of the state of physics in Canada and the U.S. Early war work: McGill group on radar (National Research Council support), waveguides; 1941 head of Mt. Evans High Altitude Laboratory; cosmic ray research. 1942 group leader of the U.S. Navy's Radio and Sonar Lab. Comments on fellow scientists (Ed McMillan's knowledge and abilities); views on the war effort. The Manhattan Project, University of Chicago, 1942-1943; the C.P.1 reactor (Volney Wilson); 1943 Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory (LASL), electronics group (connections with the Radiation Lab at MIT); the Trinity test. Postwar planning, comments on Norris E. Bradbury, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leslie Groves; LASL influence on national policy, Atomic Energy Commission (David Lilienthal); relations with John H. Manley. Comments on controversy (Luis Alvarez-Wendel M. Latimer-Edward Teller); reactor developments, the Rover program. Retirement in 1962; consulting at LASL.
Interview conducted by Arthur Lawrence Norberg, 7 June 1976.
Original in the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Oral History Interview may be read by any researcher with an approved access application on file, but copies and quotes may not be made without permission from the University Librarian of the University of California, Berkeley.
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