[Karl Jansky at his antenna]
Jansky and his antenna. NRAO/AUI image

[Reber's Wheaton antenna]
Reber's Wheaton antenna. NRAO/AUI image

[Dover Heights]
Dover Heights. Photo supplied by Wayne Orchiston

[4C telescope]
4C telescope. NRAO/AUI image

[Ewen and horn antenna]
Ewen and the horn antenna, Harvard, 1951. Photo supplied by Ewen

[Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Cambridge antenna used in pulsar discovery]
Jocelyn Bell Burnell and Cambridge antenna used in pulsar discovery. Bell Burnell image

[Wilson, Penzias, and Bell Labs horn antenna]
Wilson, Penzias, and Bell Labs horn antenna. Bell Labs image


The Historic Radio Astronomy Working Group was formed at the 2003 General Assembly of the IAU as a joint initiative of Commissions 40 (Radio Astronomy) and 41 (History of Astronomy), in order to assemble a master list of surviving historically-significant radio telescopes and associated instrumentation found worldwide, and document the technical specifications and scientific achievements of these instruments. In addition, it will maintain an on-going bibliography of publications on the history of radio astronomy, and monitor other developments relating to the history of radio astronomy (including the deaths of pioneering radio astronomers).

Working Group - 2015 IAU General Assembly

  • Golden Anniversary of the 1960s: The Golden Years of Radio Astronomy, 5 August 2015, Room 328. Program - pdf
  • Contributed Papers and Business Meeting, 2-3:30, Room 328. Agenda - pdf

Working Group Committee for 2012-2015:

  • Ken Kellermann (Chair) [kkellerm@nrao.edu]
  • Rod Davies [rdd@jb.man.ac.uk]
  • Ron Ekers [ron.ekers@csiro.au]
  • James Lequeux [james.lequeux@obspm.fr]
  • Masato Ishiguro [masato.ishiguro@nao.ac.jp]
  • Wayne Orchiston (Secretary) [wayne.orchiston@narit.or.th]
  • Leonid Gurvits [gurvits@jive.nl]
  • Govind Swarup [swarup@ncra.tifr.res.in]
  • Hugo van Woerden [hugo@astro.rug.nl]
  • Jasper Wall [jvw@phas.ubc.ca]
  • Richard Wielebinski (Vice-Chair) [rwielebinski@mpifr-bonn.mpg.de]
  • Other Members: Jaap Baars, Ellen Bouton (Web manager), Marshall Cohen, Miller Goss, Leonid Matveenko, Bruce McAdam, Jim Moran, Richard Porcas, Tuomas Savolainen, Richard Schilizzi, Richard Strom, Woody Sullivan, Bob Wilson, Tony Tyson

Working Group Reports:

  • 2006 IAU General Assembly XXVI, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Progress Report 1, as published in Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 7, 53-56, 2004 (pdf)
    • Progress Report 2, as published in Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 8 (1), 65-69, 2006 (pdf)
    • Triennial WG Report, 2003-2006, as published in Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 19 (3), 203-205, 2006 (pdf)
  • 2009 IAU General Assembly XXVII, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    • Triennial WG Report, 2006-2009, as published in Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, 12 (3), 249-253, 2009 (pdf)
    • WG 2006-2009 Report presented at the 2009 meeting, as published in IAU Transactions XXVIIB, 246-247 (pdf)
    • Agenda and presentation at WG business meeting, 4 August 2009 (pdf)
  • 2012 IAU General Assembly XXVIII, Beijing, China

Grote Reber Medal Awards

The Grote Reber Gold Medal for innovative contributions to radio astronomy was established by the Trustees of the Grote Reber Foundation to honor the achievements of Grote Reber and is administered by the Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston, Tasmania in cooperation with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the University of Tasmania, and the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility. The Medal has been awarded annually since 2005. Awardees:

Biographical Memoirs:

Related Resources:

Modified on Tuesday, 21-Jul-2015 15:18:23 EDT by Ellen Bouton, Archivist (Questions or feedback)