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Bob Frater interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal for the Australian astronomers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 559766
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Frater, Robert (Robert Henry) , interviewee
 
Access Conditions Written permission required for research, personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee. 
Description 1995 Jan. 25 
2 sound tape reels (122 min.) : analog, 7 1/2 ips., 2 track, stereo ; 10 in., 1/4 in. tape 
Series

Australian astronomers oral history project.

Summary

Dr Frater, Director, CSIRO Institute of Information Science and Engineering, speaks of his background and childhood, his schooling, his undergraduate studies in science and in engineering at the University of Sydney, vacation work with AWA, his first job with OTC, his return to Sydney University and his PhD, his early research and inventions in electronics, development of Fleurs Synthesis Telescope, his involvement in advanced electronic systems for observational astronomy, move to CSIRO, Australia Telescope, changing culture within CSIRO trying to balance pure and applied research demands, the future nature of research and technology, United States visit, Anglo-Australian Telescope, Large Telescope Project (Chile, Sth. America), his membership of industry groups, various tributes for his work, problems facing engineering, crisis in science funding, SETI Institute research at Parkes, high level of Australia's overseas debt, high level of unemployment, aging population and problems of access to health care, role of science in solving these problems, ALP and Coalition support for science, uranium mining, alliance with the United States, current political system, move towards Asia, environmental problems, economic growth, women in science, teaching of science and engineering, appeal of astronomy.

Notes

Recorded at the Bankstown Campus of the University of Western Sydney, Macarthur on January 25, 1995.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and corrected transcript (typescript, 38 leaves) available. 
Subjects Frater, Robert (Robert Henry) -- Interviews.  |  Anglo-Australian Telescope Project -- History.  |  Australia Telescope National Facility -- History.  |  Astronomy -- Research -- Australia.  |  Telescopes -- Design and construction.  |  Astronomers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Fleurs Synthesis Telescope (Kemp's Creek, N.S.W.)  |  Radio telescopes -- Australia.  |  Engineers -- Training of -- Australia.  |  Scientists -- Training of -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Bhathal, Ragbir (Ragbir Singh) interviewer

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