Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia

Research Article

Gordon James Stanley and the Early Development of Radio Astronomy in Australia and the United States

Ken I. Kellermanna1, Wayne Orchistona2a3 c1 and Bruce Sleea2

a1 National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), Charlotteville, VA 22903-2475, USA

a2 Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), Epping NSW 2121, Australia

a3 Anglo-Australian Observatory, Epping NSW 2121, Australia


Following the end of the Second World War, the CSIRO Radiophysics Laboratory applied the expertise and surplus radar equipment acquired during the war to problems of astronomy. Gordon Stanley was among the first group of scientists and engineers to work in the exciting new field of radio astronomy. Like many of his contemporaries, he had a strong background in radio and electronics but none in astronomy. At the Radiophysics Laboratory, and later at Caltech, Stanley developed innovative new radio telescopes and sophisticated instrumentation which resulted in important new discoveries that changed, in a fundamental way, our understanding of the Universe. He was one of those who played a key role in the early development of radio astronomy both in Australia and the United States.

(Received January 13 2004)

(Accepted July 19 2004)


  • Gordon Stanley;
  • radio astronomy;
  • radio stars;
  • Galactic Centre


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