|Listening to the Stars|
"Grote Reber was indeed the world's first dedicated radio astronomer, having built the world's first radio 'dish' in 1937 in Illinois, USA. After receiving data about the ionosphere over Tasmania, he made radio observations of the sky from Cambridge, near Hobart, beginning in 1955 in collaboration with Graeme Ellis. The ionosphere over Tasmania was especially suitable for radio observaitons at low frequencies, which especially interested Reber.
In 1956-57 he made measurements from Kempton and in the 1960s he built and operated a huge radio telescope array near Bothwell. It was made up of wires forming dipoles. The result of this amazing effort was the first-ever map of the southern radio sky at a frequency of 2.085 megahertz."
|Grote Reber at work - photo courtesy of the Estate of Grote Reber|
|Grote Reber in later life - photo used with kind permission from Martin George|
Perhaps we should have an annual Grote Reber Day, where we celebrate his achievements and possibly those of other unsung ‘Tasmanians’ who have made notable contributions to science and technology.