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Group photo of attendees at the 10-13 August 1976 Workshop on Isotopic Anomalies, Gregynog, Wales. This workshop was the first ever on this topic, which emerged from the discovery of isotopic anomalies within meteorites, and is historic for its early impetus to the study of nucleosynthesis from such data. The venue was available through University College, Cardiff, where Clayton was a visiting faculty member during summers of 1975 and 1976 at the invitation of Professor N.C. Wickramasinghe. The 1837 mansion was the home of Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, who donated it to University College in 1960. The Davies sisters also donated their fine collection of paintings to National Museum of Wales. Clayton (crouched center in front of William A. Fowler) organized this workshop from Rice University with the aid of Wickramasinghe (first row far right) and Sir Fred Hoyle (beside Wickramasinghe, who had done his PhD in Cambridge with Hoyle). The workshop was also intended to continue the summer workshops that had previously been held at Hoyle's Institute in Cambridge.

Few photos show more of the leaders of this emerging field of meteorites, which would make of it a new field of astronomy, with the 1976 leaders of nucleosynthesis. Among the notables are (front row) Solomon, Wetherill, Grossman, Clayton, Fowler, Schramm; (second row) Freeman Dyson, Begemann, Reynolds, Newman (Clayton PhD student at Rice), Podosek, Audouze, Reeves, Norgaard, Kerridge, Hoyle and Wickramasinghe; (back) Bochsler, Robert Clayton, Marti, Woosley (1971 PhD at Rice with Clayton), Edmunds, Lattimer, Lewis, and Arnould.

This workshop also inspired in many ways the later series on the same topic sponsored jointly by Washington University and Clemson University. See 1990, 1993 and 1999 workshops on this site.



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