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25th of February 2022
Golden Years of Australian Radio Astronomy
The book Golden Years of Radio Astronomy by Orchiston, Roberston, and Sullivan presents an overview of the remarkable evolution of Australian radio astronomy from 1945 to 1960. The book begins in the post-war period, as CSIRO's Radiophysics Laboratory in Sydney switched from secret wartime research on radar to peacetime applications of this new technology. This is followed by the detection of radio waves from space and the ensuing transformation of this fledgling science into the dominant research program at the Radiophysics Lab. Drawing from this history, the book shows how by 1960 the Radiophysics Lab had become the largest and most successful radio astronomy group in the world. Nearly 300 high-quality images complement the text, drawn from a wide range of sources including the extensive CSIRO Radio Astronomy Image Archive. The books covers the early radio astronomy sites at Dapto, Dover Heights, Fleurs, Hornsby Valley and Potts Hill, and researchers including John Bolton, Chris Christiansen, Frank Kerr, Bernie Mills, Joe Pawsey and Paul Wild. The book can be purchased in hard copy, and is also available on-line as open access via the link above.

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