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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

[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


IAU-URSI HISTORICAL RADIO ASTRONOMY WORKING GROUP

The Historical Radio Astronomy Working Group was formed at the 2003 General Assembly of the IAU as an initiative of Commission B4 (Radio 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 Meetings - August/September 2020 URSI General Assembly

  • Impact of Radio Astronomy on Technology and Society.

    This session is being organised by the URSI-IAU WG on Historical Radio Astronomy and will comprise invited talks and contributed posters that focus on a number of the developments and inventions in the history of radio astronomy that have directly or indirectly impacted society. The invited talks will cover The story of WiFi; VLBI, navigation and geodesy; Radio interferometry and medical imaging; Cold-war diplomacy and related activities at Jodrell Bank Observatory; Deep space navigation; and Parkes and Apollo 11. Posters are welcomed on these topics as well as others that fit within the subject of the session. Convenors: Richard Schilizzi, Leonid Gurvits, Ken Kellermann, Richard Wielebinski.

    The invited talks and speakers (all have accepted) are:

    • The Story of Wifi - David Skellern (RoZetta Institute, Sydney)

    • VLBI, Navigation, and Geodesy - Megan Johnson (USNO)

    • Cold-war diplomacy at the Jodrell Bank Observatory – Simon Garrington and Tim O’Brien (JBCA)

    • Radio Interferometry and Medical Imaging – Ilana Feain (CASS)

    • Deep Space Navigation – Les Deutsch (JPL)

    • Parkes and Apollo 11 - Jasper Wall (UBC)

Working Group Meetings - 2018 IAU General Assembly

Working Group Meetings - 2017 URSI General Assembly

Working Group Meetings - 2015 IAU General Assembly

Working Group Reports:

  • 2018 IAU General Assembly XXX, Vienna, Austria
  • 2017 URSI General Assembly, Montreal, Canada
  • 2015 IAU General Assembly XXIX, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • 2012 IAU General Assembly XXVIII, Beijing, China
  • 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)
  • 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, 9 (3), 203-205, 2006 (pdf)
    • Orchiston, W., Kellermann, K.I., Davies, R.D., Débarbat, S.V., Morimoto, M., Slysh, S., Swarup, G., van Woerden, H., Wall, J.V., and Wielebinski, R., 2008. Inter-Division IV-V-IX. Working Group on Historic Radio Astronomy. Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, Vol. 4. (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press) 344–345.

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