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Lister Staveley-Smith interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal in the Australian astronomers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 3995662
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Staveley-Smith, Lister, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2007 
3 digital audio tapes (ca. 122 min.) 
Series

Australian astronomers oral history project.

Summary

Lister Staveley-Smith born 1959, Edinburgh, UK, speaks about his parents; his early childhood; his interest in things mechanical; his schooling; studying in Nairobi; his favourite subject physics; studying physics at university; his interest in astronomy; his influences; attending Trinity College at Cambridge University; Martin Rees; John Baldwin,; his interest in experimental work; his PhD at Jodrell Bank; Professor Rod Davies; his career path; being appointed Assistant Director of the Astrophysics Department at the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF); working with Ron Ekers and Richard Manchester; research culture at the ATNF; his research on radio supervona remnant; definition of dwarf galaxies; importance of studying the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and the Small Magellanic Cloud (SMC); surveys carried out by Australian astronomers before (1995); UK Schmidt, radio and the Molongo Cross surveys; Parkes 21 cm multibeam receiver; the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) finishing date (2020); the partners in the SKA project; his research strategy; his postgraduate students; differences between Labor and Liberal policies on science; strengths of Australian astronomy and its future; his major achievements.

Biography/History

Professor Lister Staveley-Smith is a Premier's Fellow at the University of Western Australia. He was appointed by the Western Australian government to ensure that the Square Kilometre Array, the largest radio telescope in the world will be built in Western Australia. Staveley-Smith is an international expert in the study of galaxies and the Magellanic Clouds. Also, he was the driving force for the building of the highly innovative Parkes 21 cm multibeam receiver which has made several significant contributions in astrophysics.

Notes

Recorded on June 1, 2007 at the University of Western Australia.

Also available online via the Internet at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.oh-vn3995662

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (6 p.) and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 48 leaves) 
Subjects Staveley-Smith, Lister - Interviews.  |  Australia Telescope National Facility.  |  Square Kilometre Array.  |  Astronomers - Australia - Interviews.  |  Astrophysics.
Occupation Astronomers.
Other authors/contributors Bhathal, Ragbir (Ragbir Singh), Interviewer

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