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External Relations and the Internal Environment

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter shows how the triangular relationship among the lab, Caltech, and NASA—a central characteristic of JPL—was highlighted by Murray's political activity in the early 1980s. Like the ... More


The Several Hundred GeV Accelerator, 1959–1963

in Fermilab: Physics, the Frontier, and Megascience

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226346236
eISBN:
9780226346250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226346250.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the history of Fermilab from 1959 to 1963. It suggests that Fermilab was inspired by the development of the alternating-gradient principle and by the fact discussions about ... More


A Mailbox on Mars

Jonathan R. Eller

in Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043413
eISBN:
9780252052293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Chapter nine opens with Bradbury’s growing association with the 1976 success of the Viking Mars landers. He was featured in the JPL’s mission control center during the landing of Viking 1, meeting ... More


Abandon in Place

Jonathan R. Eller

in Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043413
eISBN:
9780252052293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

After returning home from Europe in 1978, Bradbury was unable to come to agreement with the Smithsonian over “The Ghosts of Forever,” an animated film fantasy tour of the various Smithsonian museums. ... More


The Fire Within

Jonathan R. Eller

in Bradbury Beyond Apollo

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043413
eISBN:
9780252052293
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043413.003.0039
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Bradbury’s 1945 Mexico City encounter with John Steinbeck came full circle in the spring of 2003, when a chance meeting with Thomas Steinbeck revealed that his father used to read Ray Bradbury ... More


Space and Earth Science

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the role played by microelectronics in the development of the Wide Field/Planetary Camera (WF/PC) for the Hubble telescope, which was a major JPL effort in the 1980s. Along ... More


Faster, Better, Cheaper

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0014
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the period at the end of 1990, when Lew Allen stepped down as director of JPL. To replace him, Caltech turned to Ed Stone, who like Pickering and Murray was a Caltech ... More


The Inheritance

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter looks at the beginnings of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which began as a graduate-student rocket project at Caltech in the 1930s. At the time, Caltech was already a center for ... More


Planetary Exploration Triumphant

Peter J. Westwick

in Into the Black: JPL and the American Space Program, 1976-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110753
eISBN:
9780300134582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110753.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the period at Caltech when Bruce Murray, a forty-three-year-old geology professor, took the reins as JPL director. He was a relatively young man, as Pickering had been when ... More


Meselson and Stahl

Frederic Lawrence Holmes

in Meselson, Stahl, and the Replication of DNA: A History of "The Most Beautiful Experiment in Biology"

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300085402
eISBN:
9780300129663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300085402.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on Matthew Meselson, and how he subsequently came to make the acquaintance of Frank Stahl. Meselson, a first-year graduate student in the Chemistry Division at Caltech in 1953, ... More


From the End of the World to the Age of the Earth:: The Cold War Development of Isotope Geochemistry at the University of Chicago and Caltech

Matthew Shindell

in Science and Technology in the Global Cold War

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780262027953
eISBN:
9780262326100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027953.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

After World War II, the University of Chicago founded the Institute for Nuclear Studies (later renamed the Fermi Institute), where distinguished Manhattan Project alumni were encouraged to explore ... More


The final years: Travel and tributes

A. J. Kox and H. F. Schatz

in A Living Work of Art: The Life and Science of Hendrik Antoon Lorentz

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
April 2021
ISBN:
9780198870500
eISBN:
9780191912825
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198870500.003.0013
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Chapter 12 deals with Lorentz’s final years as a renowned physicist who traveled extensively. It describes the festivities around the golden anniversary of his doctorate and his seventieth birthday ... More


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