The Lawrence J. Caroff Notebooks include personal, handwritten notes from meetings, conferences, workshops, and conversations
with individuals. The collection also includes inserts such as timelines and diagrams relating to the projects being discussed.
The collection covers the years between 1986 and 2001 in which Caroff was employed at both NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett
Field, California and NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The notebooks focus primarily on project management, documenting
Caroff’s involvement with various Infrared Astronomy projects and the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Some of the main projects
discussed in the notebooks include Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), Space Infrared Telescope Facility
(SIRTF), and Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO).
Lawrence John “Larry” Caroff was born in 1941 in Windber, Pennsylvania. In 1962 he received a BS in Engineering Sciences from
Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He went on to receive his PhD in Applied Physics in 1967 at Cornell University
in Ithaca, New York. He was employed at NASA from 1967 to 2001. Between the years 1970 and 2006 he published a number of papers
on the topics of astrophysics and infrared astronomy in the Astrophysical Journal, the Journal of Plasma Physics, Nature,
and Proceedings of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Number of containers: 4
1.25 cubic feet
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Collection is open for research.