Astrophysics and Space Science Library

Under the Radar

The First Woman in Radio Astronomy: Ruby Payne-Scott

Authors: Goss, Miller, McGee, Richard

  • The scientifically and sociologically engaging biography of the first female radio astronomer
  • Co-authored by the former director of the VLA operations of the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory
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This is the biography of Ruby Payne-Scott (1912 to 1981). As the first female radio astronomer (and one of the first people in the world to consider radio astronomy), she made classic contributions to solar radio physics.
She also played a major role in the design of the Australian government's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research radars, which were in turn of vital importance in the Southwest Pacific Theatre in World War II and were used by Australian, US and New Zealand personnel. From a sociological perspective, her career also offers many examples of the perils of being a female academic in the first half of the 20th century.
Written in an engaging style and complemented by many historical photographs this book gives a fascinating insight into the beginning of radio astronomy and the role of a pioneering woman in astronomy.

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“This is a beautifully-researched, copiously-illustrated and well-written book that tells us much more than the life of one amazing female radio astronomer. It also provides a profile on radar developments during WWII and on Australia’s pre-eminent place in solar radio astronomy in the years following WWII. Under the Radar is compelling reading, and if you have taken the time to read right through this review then it certainly belongs on your bookshelf!” (Wayne Orchiston, Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage, March, 2010) “Under the Radar is a technically thorough biography of Ruby Payne-Scott, who had a remarkable career as a radio astronomer in Australia. … Goss (National Radio Astronomy Observatory, New Mexico) and McGee (CSIRO, Australia) are also radio astronomers. … Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, researchers, faculty, and professionals.” (M. Dickinson, Choice, Vol. 47 (9), May, 2010)

“This detailed biography of Ruby Payne-Scott … one of the early pioneers in Sydney, is a welcome and scholarly addition to this growing body of work. … written in a style that would probably appeal more to radio astronomers with an interest in history … . The book concludes with a lengthy Appendix divided into fourteen sections covering a diverse range of subjects … .” (Peter Robertson, Historical Records of Australian Science, Vol. 22 (2), 2011)

“Under the Radar, a biography of the first woman in radio astronomy … . The book Under the Radar is a much deserved look at her life and times, and is an extremely through look at her background, her family, and the astronomy and physics involved in her research, definitely one worth searching out!” (Astroguyz, April, 2012)


Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Life of Ruby Violet Payne-Scott – 28 May 1912 (Grafton NSW, Australia) to 25 May 1981 (Sydney, Australia)

    Pages 1-10

  • Ruby Payne-Scott: the Early Years: 1912–1938, Ancestors, Childhood, Secondary School and Sydney University

    Pages 11-26

  • Woodlands School, AWA, New Career Opportunities for Women in World War II

    Pages 27-35

  • Personnel File from CSIR/CSIRO

    Pages 37-49

  • War Time Research by Payne-Scott at RPL

    Pages 51-64

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eBook $199.00
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price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-26073-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Under the Radar
Book Subtitle
The First Woman in Radio Astronomy: Ruby Payne-Scott
Authors
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Library
Series Volume
363
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-03141-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-03141-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-03140-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26073-5
Series ISSN
0067-0057
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 354
Number of Illustrations and Tables
117 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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