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Bienenstock, Arthur I.
Bienenstock, Arthur I.
Bienenstock, Arthur I. and Tracy, Allison
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Stanford Historical Society
Arthur “Artie” Bienenstock begins with his early life growing up in New York City, his family, experiences in school, and time at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, noting his interest in physics. He discusses pursuing his PhD at Harvard and his marriage. He goes on to discuss his work at the Bureau of Standards and his postdoc at Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell. He notes the birth of his daughter Amy and his commitment to women in academics. He discusses his recruitment to Stanford, joint appointment in Materials Science and Applied Physics, and time as vice provost, including his work with affirmative action. Bienenstock outlines the development of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, noting its funders, primarily the Department of Energy, and its growth over the years. Bienenstock further discusses his work on the Facilities Initiatives for national laboratories throughout the US. He discusses SSRL’s relationship with SLAC and his work with SLAC’s directors. Bienenstock recalls his work on the Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid Committee and the Committee for Research, as well as his involvement in the indirect cost controversy. He discusses his appointment as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy and his experiences in Washington. He discusses his return to Stanford, his role in the Materials Research Council, the Geballe Lab for Advanced Materials, his time as vice provost and dean of research, his work advising Stanford’s president on federal research policy, and his work with the Wallenberg Foundation.
Arthur Bienenstock, Stanford Historical Society, oral histories, interviews, SLAC, synchrotron radiation, and materials research
February 19, 2014 - March 25, 2014
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012
Stanford Faculty Oral History Project