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== Welcome to the Clarence E. Larson Collection, a collection of video oral histories with noted Physicists.  ==
 
== Welcome to the Clarence E. Larson Collection, a collection of video oral histories with noted Physicists.  ==
  
[[Image:Celarson.jpg|thumb|right|Clarence E. Larson]]  
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<p>[[Image:Celarson.jpg|thumb|right|Clarence E. Larson]] </p>
  
Clarence E. Larson (1909-1999) was an important pioneer in the field of atomic energy. After serving on the [[Manhattan Project|Manhattan Project]] during World War II, Larson became director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he served from 1950 to 1955. He was an executive at Union Carbide. from 1955-1969 where he headed up the Nuclear Energy Division. From 1969-1974 Dr. Larson was Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. He was the recipient of many awards and honors.  
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<p>Clarence E. Larson (1909-1999) was an important pioneer in the field of atomic energy. After serving on the [[Manhattan Project|Manhattan Project]] during World War II, Larson became director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he served from 1950 to 1955. He was an executive at Union Carbide. from 1955-1969 where he headed up the Nuclear Energy Division. From 1969-1974 Dr. Larson was Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. He was the recipient of many awards and honors. </p>
  
In the 1980s and early 1990s, after his retirement, Dr. Larson conducted video interviews with some four dozen of his fellow pioneers in atomic energy and tangential fields, which were taped by his wife Jane Larson. The Larsons made the acquaintance of István Hargittai, University Professor of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, when he interviewed Clarence Larson for one of his own oral history projects. Professor Hargittai published several of the Larson interviews in a local journal. Subsequently Clarence Larson passed away, and Jane Larson donated the video tapes to Hargittai and encouraged their continued publication (copies of the tapes are also known to have been donated to George Mason University and the University of Maryland, and were perhaps donated to other universities as well). Extracts of nine of the interviews were published in a book by Hargittai and his son Balazs, also a scientist (Candid Science V: Conversations with Famous Scientists, Imperial College Press, London, 2005) that also included Hargittai’s interview of Clarence Larson.  
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<p>In the 1980s and early 1990s, after his retirement, Dr. Larson conducted video interviews with some four dozen of his fellow pioneers in atomic energy and tangential fields, which were taped by his wife Jane Larson. The Larsons made the acquaintance of István Hargittai, University Professor of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, when he interviewed Clarence Larson for one of his own oral history projects. Professor Hargittai published several of the Larson interviews in a local journal. Subsequently Clarence Larson passed away, and Jane Larson donated the video tapes to Hargittai and encouraged their continued publication (copies of the tapes are also known to have been donated to George Mason University and the University of Maryland, and were perhaps donated to other universities as well). Extracts of nine of the interviews were published in a book by Hargittai and his son Balazs, also a scientist (Candid Science V: Conversations with Famous Scientists, Imperial College Press, London, 2005) that also included Hargittai’s interview of Clarence Larson. </p>
  
The collection had not been further utilized, although Hargittai has felt that it would be important to do so. Clarence Larson’s son Robert is a past president of IEEE, and brought to the attention of the IEEE Foundation the existence of the Clarence E. Larson Collection and the need to disseminate it. Since atomic energy is a field of interest to at least two of IEEE’s technical divisions—the Power Engineering Society and the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society—IEEE has an interest in seeing the contents of these tapes more broadly disseminated (moreover, some of the non-atomic energy interviews are of interest to other IEEE technical divisions, including the IEEE Computer Society). Therefore, the IEEE History Center is partnering with Prof.. Hargittai and the Larson family to make the videos available on-line. Subsequently there are plans for another book, and for an IEEE.tv documentary based on this important historical material.  
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<p>The collection had not been further utilized, although Hargittai has felt that it would be important to do so. Clarence Larson’s son Robert is a past president of IEEE, and brought to the attention of the IEEE Foundation the existence of the Clarence E. Larson Collection and the need to disseminate it. Since atomic energy is a field of interest to at least two of IEEE’s technical divisions—the Power Engineering Society and the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society—IEEE has an interest in seeing the contents of these tapes more broadly disseminated (moreover, some of the non-atomic energy interviews are of interest to other IEEE technical divisions, including the IEEE Computer Society). Therefore, the IEEE History Center is partnering with Prof.. Hargittai and the Larson family to make the videos available on-line. Subsequently there are plans for another book, and for an IEEE.tv documentary based on this important historical material. </p>
  
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== Clarence E. Larson Collection Interviewees  ==
 
== Clarence E. Larson Collection Interviewees  ==
  
[[Philip Abelson|Philip Abelson]]  
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<p>[[Philip Abelson|Philip Abelson]] </p>
  
[[Harold Agnew|Harold Agnew]]  
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<p>[[Harold Agnew|Harold Agnew]] </p>
  
[[Luis Walter Alvarez|Luis Walter Alvarez]]<br>  
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<p>[[Luis Walter Alvarez|Luis Walter Alvarez]]<br> </p>
  
[[John V. Atanasoff|John V. Atanasoff]]  
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<p>[[John V. Atanasoff|John V. Atanasoff]] </p>
  
[[Robert Bacher|Robert Bacher]]  
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<p>[[Robert Bacher|Robert Bacher]] </p>
  
[[John Backus|John Backus]]  
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<p>[[John Backus|John Backus]] </p>
  
[[Stephen Bechtel, Sr.|Stephen Bechtel, Sr.]]  
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<p>[[Stephen Bechtel, Sr.|Stephen Bechtel, Sr.]] </p>
  
[[William Brobeck|William Brobeck]]  
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<p>[[William Brobeck|William Brobeck]] </p>
  
[[Melvin Calvin|Melvin Calvin]]  
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<p>[[Melvin Calvin|Melvin Calvin]] </p>
  
[[Carl Djerassi|Carl Djerassi]]
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<p>Ken Davis</p>
  
[[Harold E. Edgerton|Harold E. Edgerton]]<br>  
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<p>Dantas De Brito</p>
  
[[William Alfred Fowler|William Alfred Fowler]]  
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<p>[[Carl Djerassi|Carl Djerassi]] </p>
  
[[Keith Glennan|Keith Glennan]]  
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<p>[[Harold E. Edgerton|Harold E. Edgerton]]<br> </p>
  
[[Lawrence Hafstad|Lawrence Hafstad]]  
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<p>[[William Alfred Fowler|William Alfred Fowler]] </p>
  
[[Ted Hoff|Ted Hoff]]<br>  
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<p>Robert Frase</p>
  
[[Chester E. Holifield|Chester E. Holifield]]  
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<p>[[Keith Glennan|Keith Glennan]] </p>
  
[[Alexander Hollaender|Alexander Hollaender]][[Ted Hoff|<br>]]
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<p>[[Lawrence Hafstad|Lawrence Hafstad]] </p>
  
[[Cuthbert Hurd|Cuthbert Hurd]]
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<p>Carl Hammar</p>
  
[[Thomas Jukes|Thomas Jukes]]  
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<p>[[Ted Hoff|Ted Hoff]]<br> </p>
  
[[Martin Kamen|Martin Kamen]]  
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<p>[[Chester E. Holifield|Chester E. Holifield]] </p>
  
[[Horace Magoun|Horace Magoun]]  
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<p>[[Alexander Hollaender|Alexander Hollaender]][[Ted Hoff|<br>]] </p>
  
[[Edwin M. McMillan|Edwin M. McMillan]]  
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<p>[[Cuthbert Hurd|Cuthbert Hurd]] </p>
  
[[Mark Oliphant|Mark Oliphant]]  
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<p>[[Thomas Jukes|Thomas Jukes]] </p>
  
[[David Packard|David Packard]]  
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<p>[[Martin Kamen|Martin Kamen]] </p>
  
[[Linus Pauling|Linus Pauling]]
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<p>Clarence Larson</p>
  
[[Rudolph Peierls|Rudolph Peierls]]
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<p>Robert Larson</p>
  
[[Arthur L. Schawlow|Arthur Schawlow]]  
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<p>[[Horace Magoun|Horace Magoun]] </p>
  
[[Glenn T. Seaborg|Glenn T. Seaborg]]  
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<p>[[Edwin M. McMillan|Edwin M. McMillan]] </p>
  
[[Robert C. Seamans|Robert C. Seamans]]  
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<p>[[Mark Oliphant|Mark Oliphant]] </p>
  
[[Emilio Segre|Emilio Segre]]  
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<p>[[David Packard|David Packard]] </p>
  
[[S. Fred Singer|S. Fred Singer]]  
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<p>[[Linus Pauling|Linus Pauling]] </p>
  
[[Chauncey Starr|Chauncey Starr]]<br>  
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<p>[[Rudolph Peierls|Rudolph Peierls]] </p>
  
[[Kurt Stehling|Kurt Stehling]]
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<p>Arthur Rupp</p>
  
[[Gerald Tape|Gerald Tape]]  
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<p>[[Arthur L. Schawlow|Arthur Schawlow]] </p>
  
[[Lauriston Taylor|Lauriston Taylor]]  
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<p>[[Glenn T. Seaborg|Glenn T. Seaborg]] </p>
  
[[Edward Teller|Edward Teller]]  
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<p>[[Robert C. Seamans|Robert C. Seamans]] </p>
  
[[John Totter|John Totter]]  
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<p>[[Emilio Segre|Emilio Segre]] </p>
  
[[Charles Townes|Charles Townes]]  
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<p>[[S. Fred Singer|S. Fred Singer]] </p>
  
[[Dean_Warren|Dean Warren]]
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<p>[[Chauncey Starr|Chauncey Starr]]<br> </p>
  
[[Alvin weinberg|Alvin Weinberg]]  
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<p>[[Kurt Stehling|Kurt Stehling]] </p>
  
[[Herb York|Herb York]]<br><br>  
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<p>[[Gerald Tape|Gerald Tape]] </p>
  
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<p>[[Lauriston Taylor|Lauriston Taylor]] </p>
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<p>[[Edward Teller|Edward Teller]] </p>
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<p>[[John Totter|John Totter]] </p>
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<p>[[Charles Townes|Charles Townes]] </p>
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<p>[[Dean Warren|Dean Warren]] </p>
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<p>[[Alvin weinberg|Alvin Weinberg]] </p>
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<p>[[Herb York|Herb York]]<br><br> </p>
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<p>[[Category:People_and_organizations]] [[Category:Scientists]] [[Category:Engineers]] [[Category:Nuclear_and_plasma_sciences]] [[Category:Nuclear_physics]]</p>
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Revision as of 17:52, 14 April 2010

Welcome to the Clarence E. Larson Collection, a collection of video oral histories with noted Physicists.

Clarence E. Larson
Clarence E. Larson

Clarence E. Larson (1909-1999) was an important pioneer in the field of atomic energy. After serving on the Manhattan Project during World War II, Larson became director at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where he served from 1950 to 1955. He was an executive at Union Carbide. from 1955-1969 where he headed up the Nuclear Energy Division. From 1969-1974 Dr. Larson was Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. He was the recipient of many awards and honors.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, after his retirement, Dr. Larson conducted video interviews with some four dozen of his fellow pioneers in atomic energy and tangential fields, which were taped by his wife Jane Larson. The Larsons made the acquaintance of István Hargittai, University Professor of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, when he interviewed Clarence Larson for one of his own oral history projects. Professor Hargittai published several of the Larson interviews in a local journal. Subsequently Clarence Larson passed away, and Jane Larson donated the video tapes to Hargittai and encouraged their continued publication (copies of the tapes are also known to have been donated to George Mason University and the University of Maryland, and were perhaps donated to other universities as well). Extracts of nine of the interviews were published in a book by Hargittai and his son Balazs, also a scientist (Candid Science V: Conversations with Famous Scientists, Imperial College Press, London, 2005) that also included Hargittai’s interview of Clarence Larson.

The collection had not been further utilized, although Hargittai has felt that it would be important to do so. Clarence Larson’s son Robert is a past president of IEEE, and brought to the attention of the IEEE Foundation the existence of the Clarence E. Larson Collection and the need to disseminate it. Since atomic energy is a field of interest to at least two of IEEE’s technical divisions—the Power Engineering Society and the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society—IEEE has an interest in seeing the contents of these tapes more broadly disseminated (moreover, some of the non-atomic energy interviews are of interest to other IEEE technical divisions, including the IEEE Computer Society). Therefore, the IEEE History Center is partnering with Prof.. Hargittai and the Larson family to make the videos available on-line. Subsequently there are plans for another book, and for an IEEE.tv documentary based on this important historical material.


Clarence E. Larson Collection Interviewees

Philip Abelson

Harold Agnew

Luis Walter Alvarez

John V. Atanasoff

Robert Bacher

John Backus

Stephen Bechtel, Sr.

William Brobeck

Melvin Calvin

Ken Davis

Dantas De Brito

Carl Djerassi

Harold E. Edgerton

William Alfred Fowler

Robert Frase

Keith Glennan

Lawrence Hafstad

Carl Hammar

Ted Hoff

Chester E. Holifield

Alexander Hollaender

Cuthbert Hurd

Thomas Jukes

Martin Kamen

Clarence Larson

Robert Larson

Horace Magoun

Edwin M. McMillan

Mark Oliphant

David Packard

Linus Pauling

Rudolph Peierls

Arthur Rupp

Arthur Schawlow

Glenn T. Seaborg

Robert C. Seamans

Emilio Segre

S. Fred Singer

Chauncey Starr

Kurt Stehling

Gerald Tape

Lauriston Taylor

Edward Teller

John Totter

Charles Townes

Dean Warren

Alvin Weinberg

Herb York

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