of synch's past"
eye was caught by your remembrance of the synchrocyclotron project
("From Our Pages," April/01). I designed the Ion Source
for it under the supervision of Dr. Anderson and John and Leona
Marshall. I still have the blueprint after all these years!
photo shows the trapezoidal beams cast in concrete, 40 feet in
length and 8 feet in cross section, filled with steel nuts and
bolts to prevent radiation. Somewhat like an Egyptian tomb. Alas,
it didn't work; it leaked and our poem was: Ashes to ashes/Dust
to dust/If our neutrons don't get you/Our gamma rays must.
was an exciting project and an exciting time. I remember Enrico
Fermi coming to work on the most beat-up bicycle I have ever seen,
brown-bagging his lunch, and Dr. Anderson with a portable oxygen
tank (he had drilled a hole in a piece of beryllium during the
Manhattan project, inhaled once, and ever since required cortisone
shots). It was hard work but a lot of fun!
Lesser, AB'50, AM'53
New York City