Move to Cornell
In the winter of 1959, I received, for the second time, an offer from Cornell University. It was a very attractive offer. I was asked to set up an interdisciplinary center bringing together people from physics, astronomy, and electrical engineering, concerned with radio astronomy and ionospheric research. At the same time, I would be appointed chairman of the Astronomy Department which at that time consisted of just two persons. I was assured that I could make several faculty appointments. There were plans to build the world’s largest radio astronomy instrument: a 1,000-ft-diameter dish in a natural bowl in Puerto Rico. It was clear that an instrument of that magnitude would put Cornell in the forefront of radio astronomy, make possible the radar observation of the nearer planets, and allow a new type of observation for the study of the ionosphere. This instrument would clearly be the major piece of equipment of this new center.