Oral Histories

Interview of Margaret G. Kivelson

UCLA professor of space physics.
But You Don't Look Like a Physicist
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
Science, Medicine, and Technology
UCLA Faculty
Biographical Note:
UCLA professor of space physics.
Hathaway, Neil D. and Walker, Raymond J.
Kivelson, Margaret G.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Growing up in New York City; Jewish ancestry; schooling and summer camp; attends Radcliffe College and majors in physics; student life at Radcliffe and Harvard University; meets and marries Daniel Kivelson; constraints on women scientists in the forties and fifties; Kivelson earns a doctorate in physics at Harvard with Julian S. Schwinger as her adviser; dissertation on the bremsstrahlung of ultra relativistic electrons; birth of children and child rearing; Daniel Kivelson is hired by UCLA and Margaret Kivelson joins the physics department at the RAND Corporation; the cold war security obsession; RAND's ties to the military-industrial complex; studies plasma oscillations with Donald F. DuBois; spends a year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study conducting research on many-body systems with Paul C. Martin; accepts a position at the UCLA branch of the University of California Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics; studies space plasma physics using data from spacecraft; investigates whether Io has its own magnetic field; sabbatical at the Imperial College of Science and Technology in London; with David J. Southwood, develops models of magnetosphere movement; collaborates with scientists at the California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory to obtain data from the Jupiter space probe; technical problems with the probe; computer analysis of data; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the UCLA Department of Earth and Space Sciences; the status of female scientists in academia.