Harold F. Weaver: California Astronomer

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Session 72 -- HAD
Oral presentation, Thursday, 10:30-12:00, Wheeler Room

[72.03] Harold F. Weaver: California Astronomer

J. C. Shields (Ohio State)

This talk will give an overview of an oral history recently completed with Harold F. Weaver, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley. Weaver grew up in California and studied as an undergraduate at Berkeley, where he also pursued graduate work incorporating research at Lick and Mount Wilson Observatories. After pursuing postdoctoral research at Yerkes Observatory and war work in Cambridge (Massachusetts) and Berkeley, Weaver was appointed to the staff of Lick Observatory. In 1951 he joined the faculty at Berkeley, where he later played a major role in founding Hat Creek Radio Observatory. As Director of the Berkeley Radio Astronomy Laboratory, Weaver oversaw construction of the 85-foot telescope at Hat Creek, which is the subject of a special session at this meeting.

Two aspects of Weaver's career will be highlighted. The first is the somewhat unusual and very successful transition in Weaver's observational research from emphasis on classical photographic techniques at optical wavelengths to use of emerging radio technology for the study of Galactic structure. The second is service provided by Weaver to the American Astronomical Society and Astronomical Society of the Pacific at several key junctures in the development of both organizations.

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