37th DPS Meeting, 4-9 September 2005
Session 37 Radio Astronomy I
HAD Oral, Wednesday, September 7, 2005, 2:00-3:30pm, Umney Theatre, Robinson College

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[37.02] Radio Stars and Interferometric Techniques in Cambridge

J.E. Baldwin (Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge)

Two issues, one astronomical and one technical, dominated the research in the Radioastronomy Group in the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, from the late 1940's for more than thirty years. What was the nature of the discrete radio sources, or `radio stars'? Where were they, what were they, what were their properties, how many were there, how did they work and what was their significance in the Universe? Of parallel importance was the puzzle of how to devise new kinds of radio telescope which would elucidate these astronomical questions. This talk examines the external constraints and the assumptions made which determined the subsequent developments. The successes and failures illuminate the knowledge and ignorance of that era.

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