Original Article

Physics in Perspective

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 184-196

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A Conversation with Frank Press

  • Judith R. GoodsteinAffiliated withUniversity Archives 015A-74, California Institute of Technology Email author 

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Geophysicist Frank Press was director of Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory from 1957 to 1965. In this interview, he recalls his work with Maurice Ewing at Columbia’s Lamont Geological Observatory; his directorship of Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory and colleagues Charles Richter, Beno Gutenberg, and Hugo Benioff; his work on the free oscillations of the earth; and his part in establishing the worldwide network of seismographs for the detection of nuclear weapons testing.

Frank Press Caltech seismology geophysics Robert P. Sharp Charles Richter Beno Gutenberg Hugo Benioff Maurice Ewing Lamont Observatory earthquakes nuclear weapons testing