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John Storey interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal in the Australian astronomers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3702230
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Storey, John, 1951-, Interviewee
 
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Description 2006 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 130 min.) 
Series

Australian astronomers oral history project.

Summary

Professor John Storey, born 1951, in Richmond, Vic. talks about his family background; his childhood interest in things mechanical and transistors; the first Sputnik; religion; schooling; his teachers, mentors and influences; undergraduate years at La Trobe in (1968); anti-war demonstrations during the Vietnam war; Keith Cole; his PhD work at Monash University; Ron Brown; Peter Godfrey; the significance of his PhD work in Microwave spectrum of urea and glycine; his postdoctoral work at University of California Berkeley; Charles Townes, Nobel prize winner; the Anglo-Australian Observatory; joining the Physics Department at University of New South Wales (UNSW (1982)); his rise to a professorship; Louise Turtle and her influence; development conditions for elite astronomers; his achievements as Head of School of Physics at UNSW; the quality and problems of students studying physics in first year.

Storey discusses the significance of research work on HN13C published in 'Nature'; experiments on bio-molecules; implications of finding glycine in space and the origin of life; Interferometry work at 11 microns at University of California Berkeley; observations on CO in Orion; development of his own dual Fabry-Perot scanning spectrometer; Martin Howard; KAO and SOFIA telescopes; review on far-infrared astronomical spectrometers; the Automated Patrol Telescope and its success; Michael Ashley; his work on astronomy in the Antarctica and its advantages, size of telescope, progress to date, science objective, research strategy; his postgraduate students; astronomy in Australia; millimeter wave astronomy; the contribution of astronomy to industry in Australia; conditions which have an impact on development of astronomy in Australia; the Extremely Large Telescope; his family and workload; major achievements in life to date.

Biography/History

John Storey is a Professor and former Head of the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales. He was awarded the Pawsey Medal by the Australian Academy of Science and the Antarctic Service Medal by the US Congress. His research interests include Antarctic astronomy, infrared and millimeter wave astronomy and energy efficient vehicles. He is the Chairman of the Antarctic Astronomy and Astrophysics Expert Group which is trying to set up a large telescope in the Antarctica.

Notes

Recorded on June 6, 2006 at the School of Physics, University of New South Wales.

Also available online via the Internet at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.oh-vn3702230

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 45 leaves) 
Subjects Storey, John, - 1951- - Interviews.  |  Astronomers - Australia - Interviews.  |  Astronomy - Research - Antarctica.  |  Infrared astronomy.  |  Millimeter waves.
Occupation Astronomers.
Other authors/contributors Bhathal, Ragbir (Ragbir Singh), Interviewer

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