Fonds 1986.001 - Jeffrey Crelinsten

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CA ON00349 1986.001

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Jeffrey Crelinsten

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  • 1979 - 1989 (Creation)

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30 cm of textual records

233 audio recordings
· 136 cassettes (142 hr.)
· 38 2500ft. tapes (no duration given)
· 48 1200ft. tapes (no duration given)
· 11 600ft. tapes (no duration given)

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([19?? - ])

Biographical history

Jeffrey Crelinsten is a science writer and historian with over 25 years experience popularizing science for non-specialist audiences. Crelinsten studied physics at McGill University (B.Sc.), astronomy at the University of Toronto (M.Sc.), and history of science at the Université de Montréal (Ph.D.). He was a professor in Science and Human Affairs for six years at Concordia University before embarking on a science writing career. He wrote radio and television science documentaries for over ten years on topics such as stellar evolution, space exploration, artificial intelligence, and microgravity science, including two radio documentaries on relativity for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

In 1978-9, Crelinsten wrote a two-hour radio biography of Albert Einstein (for CBC and U.S. National Public Radio), which was broadcast for the centenary of Einstein's birth. He also collaborated on an animated film about special relativity for the National Film Board of Canada.

Crelinsten is co-founder and President of The Impact Group, a Toronto firm specializing in science and technology communications, education and policy. He is co-publisher of RE$EARCH MONEY, Canada's leading source of intelligence on R&D spending, and President of Research Infosource, publisher of Canada's Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders and Canada's Top 50 Research Universities. He is a past-president of the Canadian Science Writers Association, a former Director of the Youth Science Foundation, and a founding member of the Science and Technology Awareness Network.

His book "Einstein's Jury: The Race to Test Relativity" is published by Princeton University Press. His radio biography "Albert Einstein: The Human Side of Genius" was broadcast by CBC Radio in two parts on Ideas on June 2 and 3, 2005 and is available on CD.

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This fonds was acquired in three separate accessions in 1986, 1987, and 1989. The fonds includes a collection of taped interviews and transcripts for a commemorative radio biography on the centenary of Albert Einstein’s birth (made between 1978 and 1979); two radio documentary programs, “Space Exploration” and “Eyes in the Sky” made between 1983 and 1985; and a two-part radio series for CBC’s Ideas, “Reflections in the Mind of the Machine” on the early history of artificial intelligence, made in 1987.

The 1986 Accession includes records related to the Albert Einstein commemoration. The accession includes 94 reel to reel audio tapes and 17 magnetic audio tapes containing relevant interviews, and one box containing typed transcripts for some of the interviews, and related textual materials.

The 1987 Accession is divided into 2 series based on subject matter. These are: ‘Space Exploration: The Dream and the Reality’, and ‘Eyes in the Sky’.

The First series, ‘Space Exploration: The Dream and the Reality’, includes 45 magnetic audio tapes and one magnetic audio reel to reel tape containing relevant interviews, and one box containing typed transcripts and notes on the interviews.

The Second series, ‘Eyes in the Sky’, includes 33 magnetic audio tapes and two magnetic audio reel to reel tapes containing relevant interviews, and one box containing typed transcripts and notes on the interviews.

The 1989 Accession includes records documenting the early history of artificial intelligence used in the preparation of the two-part CBC radio series ‘Reflections in the Mind of the Machine’. The accession includes 41 magnetic audio tapes containing relevant interviews, and one box containing descriptive notes and transcripts, and summaries of interviews with biographical notes about interviewees for all the interviews contained within the fonds.

This fonds includes textual material relating to the following productions:

Albert Einstein Biography (radio program, 1978)
Space Exploration (radio program, 1984)
Eyes in the Sky (radio program, 1985)
Reflections in the Mind of the Machine (radio program, 1987)
This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to the following productions:

Albert Einstein Biography (radio program, 1978)
Space Exploration (radio program, 1984)
Eyes in the Sky (radio program, 1985)
Reflections in the Mind of the Machine (radio program, 1987)

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  • English

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1986.001

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  • English

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