Oral history interview with E. Bright Wilson, Jr.

Oral history interview with E. Bright Wilson, Jr.

  • 1986-Nov-17 (First session)
  • 1986-Nov-18 (Second session)

E. Bright Wilson, Jr. begins the interview with a description of his parents, childhood, and early education. He then discusses his undergraduate and graduate studies at Princeton University, where he was inspired by the intellectual atmosphere and affable faculty. After reviewing the curriculum, his senior thesis on quantum mechanics, and his experience at Tuxedo Park, he recalls his years at the California Institute of Technology, where he began work with vibration and group theory. Next, he describes his work at Harvard, focusing on advances in spectroscopy, and his government research at Woods Hole and in Washington, D.C. Wilson concludes with a brief profile of his family and a few remarks on his publications.

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Original file type PDF, MP3
  • 60 pages
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  • Science History Institute
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  • Courtesy of Science History Institute

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Wilson, E. Bright (Edgar Bright), interviewed by Raymond C. Ferguson in Harvard University on November 17, 1986. Philadelphia: Science History Institute, n.d. Oral History Transcript 0061. https://digital.sciencehistory.org/works/j098zc37b.

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Transcript (Published Version)

The published version of the transcript may diverge from the interview audio due to edits to the transcript made by staff of the Center for Oral History, often at the request of the interviewee, during the transcript review process.

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