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And they were in overlapping fields - for example, the magnitude scale.
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For my own personal growth I had to set out on my own.
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Gutenberg and Richter were very great men.
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I had an agenda. It was a very smooth transition.
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In many places where you have these kinds of people - very strong, very confident people - the atmosphere is frenetic and tense and unpleasant.
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It was a marriage of convenience. Everybody recognized it as that, but we didn't think it was an extraordinary thing. The lab was a very nice place.
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It's a difficult question of relations between people.
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Maurice Ewing, whom I had studied with and on whose staff I worked at the Lamont Geological Observatory, was a giant, and I wanted to diversify into other fields.
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My attitude toward graduate students was different, I must say. I used graduate students as colleagues: I gave them the best problems to work on, and I encouraged them.
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Postdocs are needed to build a modern research team; you want to bring in people with different backgrounds and different skills.
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The notion of graduate students as colleagues rather than students is a more modern notion, I think - across the country, in many different fields.
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The quickest way to find out is to go down the list of my publications, because they were all co-authors of papers with me.
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Well, when the world's greatest laboratory makes you an offer, you take it seriously.
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When the first computers started to come in, we tried to digitalize the seismological equipment.
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You travel across the country, you visit departments, you give talks, you talk about the work at your laboratory - what's going on, what the opportunities are there - you talk about your own research.
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Your perception is correct. The original concept of the logarithmic scale was Richter's, but the important thing is worldwide magnitudes and that's what Gutenberg contributed, mostly - although Richter helped out as well.
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