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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James N. Douglas Papers



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Douglas, James N.
Title: James N. Douglas Papers
Abstract: The Douglas Papers consist of professional correspondence, proposals, project files, observed data, and notebooks dating to his early years at Yale and continuing through his career at the University of Texas.
Accession No.: 2013-062
Extent: 4 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Dallas in 1935, James Douglas earned his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1961 and worked as an assistant professor at Yale until 1965. At that time he moved to the University of Texas at the urging of former Yale professor and UT McDonald Observatory director Harlan J. Smith.

Douglas was a noted scholar of Jupiter’s radio emissions and he collaborated in this work with F. Arakel Bozyan, one of Douglas’ students. Douglas also constructed a novel type of telescope intended to survey most of the northern hemisphere sky. Variously referred to as the Bandwidth Synthesis Interferometer or the White Light Interferometer, the instrument made use of a wide range of observing wavelengths to mimic the effect of extended antenna elements. The UT Radio Astronomy Observatory was situated near Marfa in West Texas, not far from the McDonald (optical) Observatory.

The radio survey resulted in the discovery of nearly 100,000 radio sources, along with basic data, such as the sources' positions and flux densities, as well as some information on angular structures. The measured positions of the radio sources were accurate enough to identify thousands of them with optical objects, primarily very distant and luminous radio galaxies and quasars whose light and radio waves were emitted when the Universe was a fraction of its current size, and many were subsequently observed spectroscopically at McDonald Observatory.

(Adapted from the UT faculty memorial resolution for James N. Douglas)

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Scope and Contents

The Douglas Papers consist of Dr. Douglas’ professional correspondence, proposals, project files, observed data, and notebooks dating to his early years at Yale and continuing through his career at the University of Texas.

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Restrictions

Use Restriction:

This collection is stored off-site. Contact repository in advance for retrieval.

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Related Material

See also the F.A. Bozyan Papers at the Briscoe Center.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James N. Douglas Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

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2013-062/1 Proposals, projects, and correspondence
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2013-062/2 Proposals, projects, and correspondence
Yale notebooks and data
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2013-062/3 Yale notebooks and data

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