Providing a definitive history of the formative years of radio astromy, this book is invaluable for historians of science, scientists and engineers. The whole of worldwide radio and radar astromy is covered, beginning with the discoveries by Jansky and Reber of cosmic ise before World War II, through the wartime detections of solar ise, the discovery of radio stars, lunar and meteor radar experiments, the detection of the hydrogen spectral line, to the discoveries of Hey, Ryle, Lovell and Pawsey in the decade following the war, revealing an entirely different sky from that of visual astromy. Using contemporary literature, correspondence and photographs, the book tells the story of the people who shaped the intellectual, technical, and social aspects of the field w kwn as radio astromy. The book features quotes from over a hundred interviews with pioneering radio astromers, giving fascinating insights into the development of radio astromy. Woodruff T. Sullivan III has been awarded the 2012 Leroy E. Doggett Prize for Historical Astromy.
Woodruff T. Sullivan III is Professor of Astronomy and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle. Trained as a radio astronomer, his research has included radio studies of the interstellar medium in our own and other galaxies, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and astrobiology.