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Johnson, Dan;. Philip Morrison - Philip Morrison biography. March 2011. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 2, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/jmac/item/40/show/38.

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Johnson, Dan;. (March 2011). Philip Morrison - Philip Morrison biography. Jagdish Mehra Audio Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/jmac/item/40/show/38

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Title Philip Morrison
Publisher University of Houston Libraries
Date February 1966
Description In the humanities lecture series of Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute (SMTI) , Professor Morrison speaks on the subject of interstellar communication. Lecture given February 1966. Photograph courtesy of MIT Museum. http://museum.mit.edu/nom150/entries/1467
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Scientists
  • Physicists
  • Physics
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Morrison, Philip, 1915-2005
  • Mehra, Jadgish 1924-2001
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Genre (AAT)
  • speeches
Language English
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Original Item Location Box 125, C.D. 1.1.7
Original Collection Jagdish Mehra Collection
Original Collection URL http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=142
Digital Collection Jagdish Mehra Audio Collection
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Use and Reproduction Educational use only, no other permissions given. Copyright to this resource is held by the content creator, author, artist or other entity, and is provided here for educational purposes only. It may not be reproduced or distributed in any format without written permission of the copyright owner. For more information please see UH Digital Library Fair Use policy on the UH Digital Library About page
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Title Philip Morrison biography
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Johnson, Dan
Publisher Univerisity of Houston Libraries, Digital Services
Date March 2011
Description Photograph courtesy of MIT Museum. http://museum.mit.edu/nom150/entries/1467
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Scientists
  • Physicists
  • Physics
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Morrison, Philip, 1915-2005
  • Mehra, Jadgish 1924-2001
  • Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Dartmouth, Massachusetts
Genre (AAT)
  • speeches
Original Item Location Box 125, C.D. 1.1.7
Original Collection Jagdish Mehra Collection, 1924-2001 http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=142&q=mehra
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Philip Morrison was born in Sommerville, N.J. in 1915. He attended public schools and received his B.S. from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1936. He then received his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of California, Berkley in 1940 under the tutelage of J. Robert Oppenheimer. He then taught at the San Francisco State College and the University of Illinois, before he joined the Manhattan Project in 1943. He was a physicist and group leader at Los Alamos, where he was present at the testing of the first nuclear bomb. He would also continue on to work with the project on the island air base of Tinian, from which the two bombs used against Japan were launched. He witnessed firsthand the aftermath of Hiroshima and became a life-long critic of the nuclear arms race. In 1946, he joined the faculty at Cornell University where he focused his interest on astrophysics and cosmology. While at Cornell, he co-wrote an article with Guissepe Cocconi entitled “Searching for Interstellar Communications” in Nature Magazine, one of the first scientific journals seriously looking for evidence of intelligent life on other planets. In 1964, He joined the Faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he remained for the rest of his professional life. He was involved in writing and narrating a 1977 film “Powers of Ten” and also hosted a six part miniseries for PBS, “The Ring of Truth”. Professor Morrison was a fellow of the American Physical Society, chairman of the Federation of American Scientists, and council member of the American Astronomical Society. He was also a member in the International Astronomical Union, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association of Physics Teachers. In 1965 The American Association of Physics Teachers awarded him the Oersted Medal for Distinguished Teaching of Physics. His fellow faculty in MIT awarded him the James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award Lecturer in 1984. He passed away in April of 2005. In the humanities lecture series of Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute, Professor Morrison speaks on the subject of interstellar communication. Selected Publications Bethe, Hans A. and Philip Morrison. Elementary Nuclear Theory. New York: Wiley, 1956. Cocconi, Guissepe and Philip Morrison. “Searching for Interstellar Communications.” Nature. 19 Sept. , 1959: 844-846. Morrison, Philip and Phylis Morrison. Powers of Ten: A Book About the Relative Size of Things in the Universe. W.H. Freeman & Company, 1994 Morrison, Philip et al. The Search for extraterrestrial intelligence, SETI. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Scientific and Technical Information Office, 1977. Reference Thompson, Elisabeth A. “Institute Professor Philip Morrison dies at 89.” MIT News. 25 April, 2005. 6 June, 2011. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2005/morrison.html Philip Morrison. 2011. 6 June, 2011. http://www.atomicarchive.com/Bios/Morrison.shtml The Oersted Medal. 2011. 6 June, 2011. http://www.aapt.org/Programs/awards/oersted.cfm