Oral history interview with Billie Press 1997

 

Name
Press, Billie K (Interviewee)
Doel, Ronald (Interviewer)
Sfraga, Michael (Interviewer)
Title
Oral history interview with Billie Press 1997
Abstract
Childhood, Brooklyn, New York: love of learning, lack of encouragement for women to engage in science, education as a career for intelligent women; B.A., English, 1946, Washington Square College; marriage, 1946, and relationship with geophysicist Frank Press; Lamont Geological Observatory, 1948-1955: social environment, support of wives for each other, Frank’s relationship with W. Maurice Ewing, Ew ing’s demanding work schedule, class issues within the surrounding municipalities, substitute teaching, M.A. Child Development and Psychology, 1955, Banks Street College; California Institute of Technology [CalTech], 1955-1965: Frank’s decision to leave Lamont, working culture at CalTech versus Lamont, social environment; head of the Program for the Academically Talented and Gifted in Pasadena, California; Frank’s decision to leave CalTech for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1965-1977; Ph.D. in Education, 1968, Boston University; changes in American education since the thirties; comparative education research based on trips with Frank to Russia, China, and Japan; Frank’s nomination to the National Academy of Science; reminiscences of family, friends, and colleagues.
Collection Name
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory oral history collection
Subjects
Press, Billie K; Ewing, W. Maurice (William Maurice), 1906-1974; Columbia University; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; California Institute of Technology
Format
oral histories; sound recordings
Genre
Interviews
Origin Information
1997
Date
1997
Note (Biographical)
Educator.
Note
Interviewed by Ronald Doel on March 15, 1996, and by Ronald Doel and Michael Sfraga on July 30, 1997.
Note (Provenance)
Billie Press, Gift 1998
Language
English
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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Catalog Record
13574048
Also In
Time-Based Media
Persistent URL
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-aekq-cg80
Related URLs
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