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12th of February 2018
Four Pillars of Radio Astronomy
The launch of the book Four Pillars of Radio Astronomy, by Frater, Goss and Wendt, was held at the University of Sydney last Friday. The book describes itself as "... the story of Bernie Mills, Chris Christiansen, Paul Wild and Ron Bracewell, members of a team of radio astronomers that would lead Australia, and the world, into this new field of research. Each of the four is remembered for his remarkable work: Mills for the development the cross type instrument that now bears his name; Christiansen for the application of rotational synthesis techniques; Wild for the masterful joining of observations and theory to elicit the nature of the solar atmosphere; Bracewell for his contribution to imaging theory. As well, these Four Pillars are remembered for creating a remarkable environment for scientific discovery and for influencing the careers of future generations. Their pursuit of basic science helped pave the way for technological developments in areas ranging from Wi-Fi to sonar to medical imaging to air navigation, and for underpinning the foundations of modern cosmology and astrophysics." The program for the book launch included a number of presentations, the first of which was from Bob Frater, pictured above, whose concise definition of the four pillars was that they provided the foundations of imaging radioastronomy in Australia.

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