The Resource Fred Whipple's empire : the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955-1973, David H. DeVorkin

Fred Whipple's empire : the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955-1973, David H. DeVorkin

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Fred Whipple's empire : the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955-1973
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Fred Whipple's empire
Title remainder
the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955-1973
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David H. DeVorkin
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Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955-1973
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eng
Summary
This book explores how and why the Smithsonian Institution closed its Astrophysical Observatory in Washington, D.C. in 1955 and moved it as a budget line to Harvard first as a department of the Harvard College Observatory and then as the dominant partner. I examine the years when its founder-director, Fred Whipple, pushed the boundaries of research normally associated with an astronomical observatory to create one of the most complex scientific infrastructures for pursing both classical themes in astronomy, and themes associated as well with national service in areas far removed from the classical techniques of time and navigation. We carry the story to the point when Whipple stepped down as director in consequence of both Harvard and the Smithsonian deciding that a deep restructuring was necessary to better accommodate the survival of the institution as a true hybrid of governmental and private research activities. This is an institutional case-study that explores how changing patterns of patronage influenced disciplinary change in astronomy, and the role key personalities played in building this hybrid institution into one of the largest astronomical institutions on the planet. To my knowledge this is the first study of the effect of new funding sources created by Cold War priorities on a civilian astronomical institution, in fact on two astronomical institutions.--Provided by publisher
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1944-
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DeVorkin, David H.
Dewey number
522.197444
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federal national government publication
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QB82.U62
LC item number
S62 2018
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
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A Smithsonian contribution to knowledge
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  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Whipple, Fred L.
  • Astrophysics
  • Astronomy
  • Science and state
  • Cold War
  • Whipple, Fred L.
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
  • Cold War (1945-1989)
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Science and state
  • United States
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Fred Whipple's empire : the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955-1973, David H. DeVorkin
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 364-388) and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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black and white
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text
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rdacontent
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1028614534
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unknown
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1 online resource (xvii, 401 pages)
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online
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9781944466176
Lccn
2018011723
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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illustrations.
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remote
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Fred Whipple's empire : the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1955-1973, David H. DeVorkin
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 364-388) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
black and white
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1028614534
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 401 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781944466176
Lccn
2018011723
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
Specific material designation
remote

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