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[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

[Dwingeloo, 1956]
Dwingeloo, 1956. ASTRON image

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

[Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank]
Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank. Image © Anthony Holloway

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

[6-m Millimeter Radio Telescope in Mitaka, Japan]
6-m Mm Telescope in Mitaka, Japan. NAOJ image


The Working Group for Historical Radio Astronomy is a joint IAU-URSI Working Group affiliated with IAU Commissions B4 (Radio Astronomy) and C3 (History of Astronomy), and URSI Commission J (Radio Astronomy). The Working Group has the following goals:

  • Maintain an on-going bibliography of publications on the history of radio astronomy
  • Commission biographical memoirs for deceased radio astronomers
  • Encourage research relating to the history of radio astronomy. This also includes the origins and development of current large facilities as well as the assembly and maintenance of a master list of surviving historically-significant, but no longer active, radio telescopes and associated instrumentation, and documenting the technical specifications and scientific achievements of these instruments.

Officers for 2018-2021:

Organizing Committee for 2018-2021:

Working Group Meetings and Reports - 2006 and forward

Grote Reber Medal Awards, 2005-2014

Biographical Memoirs of Deceased Radio Astronomers

Resources - History of Radio Astronomy

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