|20th of March 2018|
|Vale Bruce MacA Thomas|
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Bruce MacA Thomas last month.
Bruce MacAulay Thomas was born in Melbourne in 1937, and graduated from the University of Melbourne with
a First-Class Honours B Eng in communications engineering, and M Eng and Ph D in the field of antennas.
He joined the CSIRO Division of Radiophysics in Sydney in 1964, and was co-author on several papers
related to the Parkes 2.7 GHz survey in the late 1960s.
Up to 1978 he was involved in antenna research relating mainly to the Parkes radiotelescope, then
until 1994, he led research and development into earth-station antennas for satellite communications.
In 1994, he transferred to the Australia Telescope National Facility, and was project manager for an extensive upgrade of the Parkes radiotelescope focus cabin. From 1996 until his retirement in 2002, he took a leading role in the search for a radio-quiet site for the Square Kilometre Array.
More details of Bruce's work at CSIRO are given in this CSIROpedia article.