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Paul Wild interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal for the Australian astronomers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 518151
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Wild, J. P. (John Paul), 1923-2008, interviewee
 
Access Conditions Access open for research and personal copies; written permission required for public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1995 Feb. 7 
3 tape reels (ca. 120 min.) : 7 1/2 ips., 2 track stereo ; 10 in. 
Series

Australian astronomers oral history project.

Summary

Dr Wild, an astrophysicist, speaks of his early life in England; his schooling; his undergraduate course in Mathematics and Physics at Cambridge; working on radar in the Navy during World War II; Pawsey's impact on the growth of radioastronomy in Australia; Australia's pre-eminence in radioastronomy; research groups; building a radio spectrograph; sun bursts; collaborative work; radio heliography at Calgura; conflict over the multi-purpose parabaloid dish and Mills Cross; the usefulness of the Parkes telescope; quasars; the hydrogen line; interscan landing system; obtaining funding for research; Very Fast Train project; membership of scientific societies; influence of the Anglo-Australia Telescope on the Australian economy; SETI search for extraterrestrials; support of science by the ALP and the Liberal party; Barry Jones as Science Minister; separation of powers of the CSIRO chairman of the Board and CEO; his opinions on abortion, education and environmental problems.

Notes

Recorded 7 February 1995 at Dr Wild's home, Canberra.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and transcript (typescript, 35 leaves) available. 
Subjects Wild, J. P. (John Paul), 1923-2008 -- Interviews.  |  VFT Joint Venture -- History.  |  Astronomers -- United States -- Interviews.  |  Astronomy -- Research -- Australia.  |  Quasars.  |  Radioastronomy.
Other authors/contributors Bhathal, Ragbir (Ragbir Singh) interviewer

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