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Hanbury Brown interviewed by Ragbir Bhathal for the Australian astronomers oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 2082061
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Author
Brown, R. Hanbury (Robert Hanbury), 1916-2002, interviewee
 
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Description 1995 Feb. 10 
3 sound tape reels (ca. 136 min.) : 7 1/2 ips., 2 track stereo ; 10 in. 
Series

Australian astronomers oral history project.

Summary

Hanbury Brown, Professor of Astronomy, speaks of his early life; the religious dimension of science; his schooling in England; studying telegraphy and telephony at the University of London; working on radar at Bawdsey Manor; working as Professor of Radioastronomy at Manchester University; building the first radio intensity interferometer; Fourier analysis; atmospheric scintillation; optical interferometer controversy; the intensity interferometer at Narrabri; scientific objectives of SUSI; the establishment of the Anglo-Australian telescope; his rejection of the position of Director, Anglo-Australian Observatory; the need for consultation between ANU and state universities; publication of his first paper; collaborative papers; his books; the need for public understanding of science; his network of scientific colleagues; membership of scientific societies; friction over the Coombes Royal Commission on Public Administration; applied science in industry; financing SETI; Australia and Asian relations; ALP and Liberal Party support for science; uranium mining; Australia as a Republic; the environment; economic growth of Australia; employment of science students; women in science; education of astronomers.

Notes

Recorded on February 10, 1995, at the University of Western Sydney.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary and uncorrected transcript (typescript, 50 leaves) available. 
Subjects Brown, R. Hanbury, (Robert Hanbury), 1916-2002 -- Interviews.  |  Anglo-Australian Telescope Project -- History.  |  Astronomers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Astronomy -- Research -- Australia.  |  Interferometers.
Other authors/contributors Bhathal, Ragbir (Ragbir Singh) interviewer

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