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Dr Elizabeth Alexander: first female radio astronomer

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Title Dr Elizabeth Alexander: first female radio astronomer
Creator Orchiston, Wayne
Description During March–April 1945, solar radio emission was detected at 200 MHz by operators of a Royal New Zealand Air Force radar unit located on Norfolk Island. Initially dubbed the ‘Norfolk Island Effect’, this anomalous radiation was investigated throughout 1945 by British-born Elizabeth Alexander, head of the Operational Research Section of the Radio Development Laboratory in New Zealand. Alexander prepared a number of reports on this work, and in early 1946 she published a short paper in the newly-launched journal, Radio & Electronics. A geologist by training, Elizabeth Alexander happened to be in the right place at the right time, and unwittingly became the first woman in the world to work in the field that would later become known as radio astronomy. Her research also led to further solar radio astronomy projects in New Zealand in the immediate post-war year, and in part was responsible for the launch of the radio astronomy program at the Division of Radiophysics, CSIRO, in Sydney.
Publisher Springer
Contributor Orchiston, Wayne
Date 2005
Type Book Chapter
Format application/pdf
Orchiston, Wayne (2005) Dr Elizabeth Alexander: first female radio astronomer. In: The New Astronomy: Opening the Electromagnetic Window and Expanding our View of Planet Earth. Astrophysics and Space Science Library, 334 . Springer, Dordrecht, Netherlands, pp. 71-92. ISBN 978-1-4020-3723-8