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Al Parr Oral History Interview. June 18, 2014

Al Parr Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

June 18, 2014

Location:  Parr residence, Gresham, Oregon.

Al Parr (b. 1942) graduated from Oregon State in 1964 with bachelors degrees in Physics and Mathematics, as well as decorations from the university's Honors Program. Parr spent close to forty years working as a physicist, primarily for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he specialized in radiometrics and optics. Parr is also a rare book collector of consequence and a member of the OSU Libraries Advisory Council. His interview focuses on his memories of Oregon State, his career in science, and his passion for books.