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Under the Radar

The First Woman in Radio Astronomy: Ruby Payne-Scott

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Under the Radar chronicles the life of Ruby Payne-Scott, the first female radio astronomer. Payne-Scott’s major role in the design of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research is discussed, as well as her major contributions to radio astronomy field.

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Titel: Under the Radar
Autoren/Herausgeber: Miller Goss, Richard McGee
Aus der Reihe: Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Ausgabe: 2010

ISBN/EAN: 9783642260735

Seitenzahl: 354
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 575 g
Sprache: Englisch

It is rare for a complete biography of an Australian scientist, particularly of an Australian woman scientist, to be published. It is rarer for such a book to be co-authored by an American. Although scientists have written discourses on the history of their discipline, it is most unusual for a scientist to write a full length biography of a colleague in his ?eld. It is also uncommon for a man to write about an Australian woman scientist; most of the work on Australian women scientists has been done by other women. However, these authors, both distinguished researchers in the ?eld of radio astr- omy, became so interested in the history of their discipline and in the career of the pioneer radio astronomer Ruby Payne-Scott that they spent some years bringing this book to fruition. Until relatively recently, Ruby Payne-Scott had been the only woman scientist mentioned brie?y in histories of Australian science or of Australian radio astronomy. This book will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in these disciplines. Being scientists themselves, the authors explain Payne-Scott’s scienti?c work in detail; therefore, the value and importance of her contributions can, for the ?rst time, be recognised, not only by historians but also by scientists.

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